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Voluntary peer-mentoring program for undergraduate medical students: exploring the experiences of mentors and mentees

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Abstract
Purpose: We aimed to examine the participants' satisfaction and evaluation of the program's appropriateness, outcomes and benefits from participants' perspectives and gather suggestions from students to improve peer mentor programs.

Methods: From 2016 to 2018, 67 mentees and mentors participated in the peer mentoring program. All program participants were asked to participate in the survey, and the respondents were invited to focus group interview (FGI). Quantitative data was collected from the survey questionnaire. Qualitative data was gathered from the open-end questions in the survey and supplemented from additional semi-structured FGIs. The interview data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: Nineteen responded to the survey, and six participated in the further FGI. Qualitative data contained outcomes and mutual benefits, factors for mentoring success, negative experiences, and suggestions for improvement. Especially factors for mentoring success consisted of various methods of studying assistance, motivation, autonomy, responsibility, emotional support, and relational bonding as important topics concerning mentor-mentee experiences. The satisfaction scores about the program appropriateness, others' attitudes, program implementation, ranged from 3.5 to 3.9 (5-point Likert scores) without significant difference between mentors and mentees. The only negative experience reported by a mentee was feeling the pressure. Specific guidelines on program implementation, pre-education for mentees, appropriate matching, and mentees' clear purpose and spontaneity were suggested to improve the program.

Conclusion: Participants were generally satisfied with the peer mentoring program, gaining academic and non-academic achievements, including emotional support and improved relationships. Furthermore, we expect that this program can be improved with participants' suggestions in the future.
Author(s)
조민아이윤선
Issued Date
2021
Type
Article
Keyword
peer mentoring programundergraduate medical students
DOI
10.3946/kjme.2021.198
URI
https://oak.ulsan.ac.kr/handle/2021.oak/8506
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Publisher
Korean Journal of Medical Education
Location
대한민국
Language
영어
ISSN
2005-727X
Citation Volume
33
Citation Number
3
Citation Start Page
175
Citation End Page
190
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Medicine > Medicine
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