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The Missing Ingredient: A Guided Near-Peer Mentorship Program for Transitioning into Clinical Clerkships
Purpose: A guided, near-peer mentorship program was designed to
reduce anxiety when transitioning into clinical clerkships and to teach
clinical medical students how to effectively mentor a fellow student.
Background: Transitioning from preclinical to clinical education
is a significant milestone in medical training; however, it is associated with
anxiety and uncertainty about adapting to a new work and learning environment.
Additionally, mentorship is an essential part of a career in medicine, however,
there are few opportunities within medical training to learn how to mentor
Methods: This program was developed and implemented at a
regional medical campus. Preclinical students (mentees) were matched with
clinical students (mentors) to meet three times to discuss concerns when
transitioning into clerkships. Mentors attended a workshop to learn about
effective mentorship and were given discussion guides to reference during
meetings with their mentee. Feedback surveys were collected from mentees and
Results: Forty-three of the 48 potential students participated
in the program, with 20 mentees and 18 mentors completing the feedback survey.
Among the mentees, 18 agreed that participating in the program decreased their
stress and anxiety about transitioning into clerkships and 19 reported they
would recommend the program to other students. Among the mentors, 17 would
recommend the program to other students and 14 agreed that participating was
useful in their professional and academic development.
Discussions: Mentees reported feeling supported in their transition
into clerkships and mentors reported feeling prepared to effectively mentor a
fellow student. This program proved to markedly decrease the anxiety associated
with a high-stress transition.
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