7. How Can You Evaluate the Impact of a Mentorship Program?

  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.ch7

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

How to Cite

Straus, S. E. and Sackett, D. L. (2013) How Can You Evaluate the Impact of a Mentorship Program?, in Mentorship in Academic Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch7

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



  • job satisfaction;
  • measurement approach;
  • mentors;
  • mentorship program;
  • structural measures


This chapter describes an approach to evaluating a mentorship program, by drawing the authors comprehensive literature review based on three systematic reviews (moderate-quality evidence) of mentorship, updated by newer searches to identify any more recent articles. The initial issues to consider when setting up an evaluation strategy are the goals of mentorship program and how to align the measurement approach with these goals. Structural measures focus on organizational aspects of service provision, which includes provision of mentors and mentorship workshops for example. Process indicators focus on the elements of the delivery of mentorship, such as experience with mentorship and job satisfaction. At the institutional level, structural measures include the availability of mentors or of a mentorship workshop within an institution.