Nigerian Journal of Medicine

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Mentorship in orthopaedic and trauma residency training programme in Nigeria: the residents' perspective

O.I. Akinmokun, A.T. Akinsulire, T.O. Odugbemi, K.C. Odogwu, S.O. Giwa


Background: Mentorship is important in residency training as it is necessary for personal and professional development of the resident trainees

Objectives: This study documents mentorship in orthopaedic residency training programme in Nigeria by assessing the awareness of orthopaedic residents on the role of a mentor, willingness to be mentored and their perceived reasons for the possible lack of mentors/ participation of senior colleagues in a mentorship programme

Method: This was a descriptive cross sectional study of 37 orthopaedic residents attending a revision course of the Faculty of Orthopaedics, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. Self-administered structured questionnaires were used to collect data. Data obtained was analyzed using SPSS version 21.0.

Results: The mean age of the respondent was 34.7 ± 4.7 years. The Male: Female ratio was 19:1. The average number of years already spent in the residency programme by the respondents was 2.8 ± 0.9 years. Only 27% of residents had participated in a mentorship programme since they began residency programme but only half were still being mentored at the time of the study. Sixty-five percent reported no formal mentorship programme in their institutions. However, 73% of the respondents would want a formal mentorship programme in their institution. Ninety percent of the respondents desired to be mentored.

Conclusion: Most residents are willing to be mentored. Consultants and trainers should ensure that the trainees are mentored.

Keywords: Mentorship, Orthopaedic Residents, Residency Training, Fellowship Training Nigeria

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