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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Aug 10;76(6):104. doi: 10.5688/ajpe766104.

A graduate student mentoring program to develop interest in research.

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Purdue University College of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, IN, USA. mekiersma@manchester.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the impact of a graduate student mentoring program on student interest in research and postgraduate education and on graduate student confidence in mentoring.

METHODS:

Undergraduate and pharmacy students (mentees) and graduate students (mentors) were matched and participated in the study, which required them to engage in at least 2 discussions regarding research and careers. Mentees completed a pre- and post-assessment of their perceptions of research, postgraduate training plans, and perceptions about mentors. Mentors completed a pre- and post-assessment of their perceptions about themselves as mentors and their confidence in mentoring.

RESULTS:

Although there were no significant differences among the mentees' perceptions of research or the mentors' confidence in mentoring, qualitative analysis indicated that the mentees' perceptions of research improved and that the mentors believed their mentoring skills improved.

CONCLUSIONS:

Based on the results of the qualitative analysis, implementing a graduate student mentoring program may help improve students' perceptions of research and graduate students' confidence in mentoring, which could increase student interest in postgraduate education and prepare mentors for future leadership roles.

KEYWORDS:

graduate students; mentoring; pharmacy students; research

PMID:
22919080
PMCID:
PMC3425919
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe766104
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