12. How Can You Scale Up and Sustain a Mentorship Program?
Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
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Mentorship in Academic Medicine
How to Cite
Straus, S. E. and Sackett, D. L. (2013) How Can You Scale Up and Sustain a Mentorship Program?, in Mentorship in Academic Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch8
- Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
- Published Print: 2 OCT 2013
Print ISBN: 9781118446027
Online ISBN: 9781118446065
- mentorship program;
- sustainability models
Scaling up the mentorship program may be necessary if one has initially launched it in just one division or institution. Before a mentorship program is launched, one needs to consider sustainability: “The degree to which an innovation continues to be used after initial efforts to secure adoption is completed”. There is no point in developing an elaborately complex mentorship program if there are insufficient resources (either financial or human) to sustain it. Sustainability models typically consider three core elements of process, staff and organization. The process domain includes the benefits of the program; the credibility of the evidence; and the adaptability of the program over time in response to changing needs of mentors, mentees, and departments. The process domain also includes the adequacy of the monitoring methods and their execution.