6. How Can You Initiate and Maintain a Mentorship Progam?

  1. Sharon E. Straus MD, FRCPC, MSc1,2 and
  2. David L. Sackett OC, MD, FRSC, FRCP3

Published Online: 4 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch6

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

How to Cite

Straus, S. E. and Sackett, D. L. (2013) How Can You Initiate and Maintain a Mentorship Progam?, in Mentorship in Academic Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch6

Author Information

  1. 1

    Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

  3. 3

    Trout Research & Education Centre, Irish Lake, ON, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118446027

Online ISBN: 9781118446065



  • assess barriers;
  • facilitators;
  • mentorship program


This chapter addresses how to plan and implement a mentorship program. In describing an approach to planning and implementing a mentorship program, the authors draw on three systematic reviews of mentorship, updated by newer searches to identify any more recent articles. This update identified an additional four relevant studies: two surveys, one validation study of a tool to measure the impact of mentorship, and one qualitative study. These studies focused on the development of a faculty mentorship program. The assessment for felt and expressed needs can usefully identify needs at both the organizational and individual level and can take many forms including reviews of documents, surveys, interviews, and focus groups amongst relevant individuals. One can identify the factors that impede (barriers) and promote (facilitators) the implementation of the mentorship program.