Development and Evaluation of a Peer Mentoring Programme for Postgraduate Medical Residents in Pakistan: A Pilot Study

Sonia Ijaz Haider, Qamar Riaz, Muhammad Furqan Bari

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OBJECTIVE: To develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of one-year peer mentoring programme for postgraduate medical residents. STUDY DESIGN: Mixed methods. Place and Duration of the Study: The Aga Khan University, Karachi, from January 2019 to December 2020. METHODOLOGY: A survey was administered to junior residents in Medicine, Paediatrics, Pathology, and Radiology residency programmes to identify their academic needs from January 2019 to December 2020. Final-year residents, who served as peer mentors were provided a one-day mentoring workshop, including details of the identified needs. This was followed by one-year intervention in which mentors-mentees met as per mutual feasibility. A structured survey and focus group discussions were conducted to inquire the effectiveness of mentoring. RESULTS: A total of 33 out of 52 (63%) Year 1 residents completed needs analysis survey. Four essential identified areas were research (63%), memory (59%), reading (55%), and time management (53%). Residents reported excelling in areas of research, memory and reading, however, time management needed improvement. Focus group discussions emphasised mentoring as mandatory, including the wide range of skills. CONCLUSION: Senior residents should be trained as mentors of juniors, and semi-structured formal and informal mentoring can be implemented across all residency programmes. KEY WORDS: Mentoring, Residents, Postgraduate, Medical trainees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1305-1309
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023


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