Providing mentorship support to general surgery residents: a model for structured group facilitation

Providing mentorship support to general surgery residents: a model for structured group facilitation

Can J Surg 2015;58(5):372-373 | PDF | Appendix

Caitlin Champion, MD; Sean Bennett, MD; David Carver, MD; Karim El Tawil, MD; Sarah Fabbro, MD; Neil Howatt, MD; Farahnaz Noei, MD; Rachel Rae, MD; Fatima Haggar, MPH; Angel Arnaout, MD, MSc

Summary

Mentorship is foundational to surgical training, with recognized benefits for both mentees and mentors. The University of Ottawa General Surgery Mentorship Program was developed as a module-based group facilitation program to support inclusive personal and professional development of junior general surgery residents. The group format provided an opportunity for both vertical and horizontal mentorship relationships between staff mentors and resident mentees. Perceived benefits of program participants were evaluated at the conclusion of the first year of the program. The program was well-received by staff and resident participants and may provide a time-efficient and inclusive mentorship structure with the additional benefit of peer support. We review the development and implementation of the program to date and share our mentorship experience to encourage the growth of formal mentorship opportunities within general surgery training programs.


Accepted for publication April 13, 2015

Affiliations: From the Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (Champion, Bennett, Carver, El Tawil, Fabbro, Howatt, Noei, Rae); the Department of Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa (Haggar); and the Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (Arnaout), Ottawa, Ont.

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.004315

Correspondence to: A. Arnaout, Division of Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, Ottawa ON., K1H 8L6; anarnout@toh.on.ca