Principled physicians are not born-they are mentored: Medical students perception of the values and need of mentors at the College of Medicine, Saudi Arabia

J Pak Med Assoc. 2017 Aug;67(8):1192-1197.


Objective: To discuss the perception of medical students about mentoring at the medical school.

Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from April 2015 to April 2016, and comprised medical students. A well-structured, bilingual (English and Arabic) quantitative questionnaire with 21 items was administered online via Google Docs to the students. SPSS 21 was used for data analysis.

Results: Of the 311 students who received the questionnaire, 296(95.17%) completed it. Of them, 257(86.8%) expressed an interest in having a mentor during their medical school career and 276(93.2%) selected the role of their mentor as a "guide". Moreover, 107(36.1%) students agreed that it was "not important at all" that their mentor should be of the same gender.

Conclusions: Participants were interested in having a mentor during their medical school career.

Keywords: Principled physicians, Mentored, Medical students, Perception, Value, Need, Mentors special..

MeSH terms

  • Attitude
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mentoring*
  • Mentors*
  • Perception
  • Physicians
  • Professionalism*
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Schools, Medical
  • Social Values
  • Students, Medical*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires