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A system-wide health sciences faculty mentor training program is associated with improved effective mentoring and institutional climate.

PMID: 35291213 (view PubMed database entry)
DOI: 10.1017/cts.2021.883 (read at publisher's website )
PMCID: PMC8889225 (free full text version available)

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JoAnn Trejo, Deborah Wingard, Virginia Hazen, Alexandra Bortnick, Karen Van Hoesen, Angela Byars-Winston, Christine Pfund, Vivian Reznik,

<h4>Introduction</h4>Mentorship is critical for faculty success, satisfaction, and engagement. However, many faculty, particularly underrepresented racial/ethnic (UR) faculty, lack access to high-quality mentoring. In an effort to improve mentoring for all faculty, we developed and implemented a formally structured faculty mentor training program (FMTP) across UC San Diego Health Sciences, which included institutional support, mentorship training, and department/division mentorship programs.<h4>Methods</h4>FMTP impact was evaluated using three primary outcome variables: mentoring quality, mentoring behaviors, and institutional climate. Participants' self-assessed mentoring competencies were measured using validated instruments.<h4>Results</h4>A total of 391 (23%) of Health Sciences faculty participated in FMTP. Participation rate was higher for women than men (30% versus 17%) and highest for UR faculty (39%). FMTP was implemented in 16 of 19 departments. Self-reported mentoring improved for FMTP participants with mentoring quality (<i>p</i> = 0.009) and meeting mentees' expectations (<i>p</i> = 0.01) continuing to improve for up to 2 years after training. However, participants were unsure if they were meeting UR mentees' expectations. FMTP participants were significantly more satisfied with mentoring quality (<i>p</i> < 0.001) compared to non-participants, with the greatest increase in satisfaction reported by UR faculty (38-61%). UR faculty reported improved overall morale (51-61%) and a perception that the environment was supportive for UR faculty (48-70%).<h4>Conclusion</h4>The implementation of a system-wide formal structured FMTP was associated with improved faculty satisfaction, quality of mentoring, and institutional climate, especially for UR faculty.

J Clin Transl Sci (Journal of clinical and translational science)
[2022, 6(1):e18]

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