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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 Mar;194(3):704-8. doi: 10.2214/AJR.09.3403.

Views of radiology program directors on the role of mentorship in the training of radiology residents.

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  • Department of Radiology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Rm. AG 278, 2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, Canada. andrea.donovan@sunnybrook.ca



The successful mentoring of resident physicians has been linked to several beneficial outcomes for trainees including increased research productivity, improved career satisfaction, and retention in academics. Female residents may have greater difficulty establishing mentoring relationships than male residents. The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes of radiology residency program directors toward the subject of mentorship, to determine the prevalence of formal mentoring programs, and to evaluate several issues specifically pertaining to the mentoring of female residents.


An anonymous, voluntary survey was sent to 156 members of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. The survey assessed views on mentorship during residency training, the potential role of mentorship in resident career development, and the prevalence of mentorship programs in residency programs. Subanalyses evaluated survey responses according to program director sex.


Seventy program directors (45%) responded to the survey. The majority of respondents (85%) agreed it is important for residents to have mentors, but only 52% thought that current residents had identified mentors. Compared with male program directors, female program directors differed in their views on the role of mentorship and of the importance of female resident access to female mentors.


Program directors consider mentoring relationships to be an important resource for resident professional development and a potential resource to increase the proportion of residents pursuing academic careers and positions of leadership. Female residents may have specific mentoring needs that should be explored with further study.

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