Effectiveness of a Faculty Mentor Development Program for Scholarship at an Academic Health Center

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (Fall 2019) Sood, Ashkay; Qualls, Clifford; Tigges, Beth; et al.

Researchers examined a program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to assess the efficacy of training mentors to support faculty mentees in scholarly pursuits at academic health centers (AHCs). The initiative featured an online component supplemented by an optional face-to-face (F2F) component, with investigators gauging changes in self-reported knowledge scores for online users and Mentoring Competency Assessment scores for F2F users. The online program was utilized by 105 mentors, primarily female associate professors, and users exhibited improvement in self-reported knowledge scores. Another 38 users completed the F2F program, with 63% on a clinician-educator track. The self-reported Mentoring Competency Assessment composite score rose from 4.3 ± 1.0 to 5.5 ± 0.8 for F2F participants, with the clinician-educator subgroup experiencing similar growth. The authors concluded that these types of programs could "help AHCs enhance the scholarship and the diversity of their scientific and clinician–educator workforce."

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