Revista Brasileira de Educação Médica
versão impressa ISSN 0100-5502
BELLODI, Patrícia Lacerda. Mentors, students, and the undergraduate medical course: a virtuous circle. Rev. bras. educ. med. [online]. 2011, vol.35, n.3, pp.382-388. ISSN 0100-5502. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-55022011000300012.
BACKGROUND: Mentoring Programs have been developed in several medical schools, but few studies have investigated the mentors'perspective. PURPOSES: To explore mentors'perceptions regarding their experience. METHODS: Mentors at a medical school were invited to participate in an in-depth interview including questions on satisfaction, difficulties, and perception of changes resulting from the program. RESULTS: Mentors' satisfaction and difficulties are strongly associated with students'involvement in the activity. Mentors believe changes observed in students were more related to life issues; for some mentors, there is no recognition or awareness of the program. However, most of the mentors acknowledged important changes in relation to themselves: as teachers, faculty members, and individuals. CONCLUSION: Attendance is crucial for both the mentoring relationship and strengthening of the program. Students involved in the activity motivate mentors in teaching and curriculum development, thereby creating a virtuous circle and benefiting undergraduate medical education as a whole.
Palavras-chave : Mentorship; Mentors; Education; Medical; Undergraduate; Students; Medical; Medical Education.