12. How Can You Scale Up and Sustain 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.ch8

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

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

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



  • 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.