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The Importance of Mentoring in Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship FREE TO VIEW

Darlene Nelson; Karen Swanson; Kianoush Kashani; Kannan Ramar
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Pulmonary/Critical Care, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Chest. 2014;146(4_MeetingAbstracts):508A. doi:10.1378/chest.1994860
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SESSION TITLE: Education and Teaching in Pulmonary Posters

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: Mentorship is seen as vital to career success and satisfaction in academic medicine. Yet there are few formal mentoring programs within Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) fellowship programs. The purpose of this study was to investigate the current state of mentorship within the PCCM fellowship and identify any perceived barriers and characteristics needed to help promote effective mentorship.

METHODS: A survey on the importance and evaluation of mentorship was conducted among the current faculty and fellows, and past fellows within the Pulmonary and Critical Care division.

RESULTS: Surveys were received from 62/85 participants (72.9%). All respondents felt that mentorship was important in the field of medicine and 95% felt that it had been important in their careers thus far. The greatest benefits to mentorship were perceived to be in the areas of leadership (90.3%), research (93.5%), career promotion (93.5%), and advancing in state and national societies (83.9%). Less benefit was perceived in developing humanistic qualities (67.7%), and teamwork strategies (78%). Current fellows reported a greater perceived benefit toward achieving work life balance than faculty (85.7% vs. 55.6%).Trust, honesty, mutual respect, communication and confidentiality were seen as vital characteristics for a healthy mentoring relationship. Sixty five percent of the current fellows and staff said that mentoring strongly influenced their career choice. The majority of current faculty and fellows, and past fellows reported having a mentor (78.8%, 71.4% and 90% respectively). Most of these relationships were self-initiated by the mentee (62.5%). Greater than 65% of faculty developed this relationship during their residency or fellowship. However, 28.6% of the current fellows did not identify a mentor. Barriers that were identified to developing a mentoring relationship for fellows were not knowing how to establish a relationship (36%), faculty too busy (28%), and lack of familiarity with interests of the faculty (22%). Each of the groups identified career planning, academic advancement and goal achievement as areas that the mentoring relationship should focus more on. When asked what they would have done differently, most reported the desire to have sought out a mentor sooner.

CONCLUSIONS: Mentoring relationships continue to be seen as very important to a successful career in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine. Steps should be taken to help eliminate barriers to developing these relationships.


DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Darlene Nelson, Karen Swanson, Kianoush Kashani, Kannan Ramar

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