The ongoing evolution of mentorship: Advancing the formal mentorship program at AKU-SONAM

Rehana Rehman, Tazeen Saeed Ali, Saira Khalid, Rahila Ali

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Objective: To investigate the perceptions of mentors, mentees, administrators (including chairs, co-chairs, and coordinators of the mentoring program), and leadership regarding the Faculty Mentorship Program at AKU School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM). Additionally, the study aimed to explore the strengths and challenges faced by the program. Methods: A qualitative exploratory study on mentorship was carried out in AKU-SONAM from February till December 2021. In this study we conducted purposive criterion sampling. The study participants included mentors, mentees, administrators, and the dean of AKU-SONAM. An interview guide was developed, validated, and reviewed by experts. After piloting, two focused group discussions and three in-depth interviews were conducted. Results: Thematic analysis of the data revealed the following themes: “Nurturing growth and development in mentoring relationships,” “Establishing a strong foundation for effective mentoring,” and “Opportunities for growth and development through overcoming challenges.” Conclusion: The participants expressed confidence in the existing support system, leadership, and mentorship program at the institution. They highlighted the significance of regular monitoring to recognize areas of improvement uphold high standards and ensure excellence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-519
Number of pages6
JournalPakistan Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024


  • Evolution
  • Mentees
  • Mentors
  • Mentorship


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