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Teach Learn Med. 2013;25(4):319-25. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2013.827976.

A tiered mentorship program improves number of students with an identified mentor.

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  • 1a Department of Emergency Medicine , The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center , Columbus , Ohio , USA.



Mentorship is critical to professional development and academic success. Unfortunately, only about 40% of medical students can identify a mentor. While group mentorship has been evaluated - the concept of a specialty specific, tiered group mentorship program (TGMP) has not. In the latter, each member of the group represents a unique education or professional level.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of a specialty-specific, tiered group mentorship program to improve mentorship for students interested in emergency medicine.


Groups consisted of faculty members, residents, 4th-year students pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine, and junior (MS1, MS2, and MS3) medical students (13 total groups). Students completed confidential electronic surveys before and after completion of the program.


Of 126 students, 85 completed the Course Evaluation Survey. At program onset, 11.4% of 1st-year students, 41.7% of 2nd-year students, 50% of 3rd-year students, and 28% of the total students could identify a mentor. After completion, 68.6% of 1st years, 83.3% of 2nd years, 90% of 3rd years, and 77.6% of the total reported they could identify a mentor. Faculty were rated most important members followed by the 4th-year student.


A tiered group mentorship program improved the ability of students to identify a mentor. Students identified mentoring relationships from individuals at various professional levels.

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