The mentor match: A new approach to implementing formal mentorship in general surgery residency

Am J Surg. 2020 Sep;220(3):589-592. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.01.011. Epub 2020 Jan 22.


Mentorship is a vital component within general surgery residency that fosters success extending into future practices. Recognizing the need for formalized mentorship within our general surgery residency, a survey based match process was developed. The "Mentor Match" was developed by creating resident and faculty surveys using the six ACGME core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, communication skills, practice based learning, system based practice and professionalism. Surveys focused on resident areas of weakness correlating to areas in which faculty expressed subjective strength. Survey results were used to match faculty mentors with resident mentees. One year after implementation, residents were surveyed to evaluate the perceived success of the match process and mentorship program. Resident participation was 100% with a survey response of 78%. Ninety-two percent of residents were satisfied with the program, 83% saw improvement in their areas of weakness and 75% felt the match process was effective in pairing mentors with mentees. In conclusion, the "Mentor Match" was an effective tool in developing a formalized mentorship program with positive results after one year of implementation.

Keywords: Education approaches in general surgery; Mentor match; Mentorship; Mentorship in general; Surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Medical, Graduate*
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Mentors*
  • Personal Satisfaction