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Abdolalizadeh P, Pourhassan S, Gandomkar R, Heidari F, Sohrabpour A A. Dual peer mentoring program: exploring the perceptions of mentors and mentees . Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2017; 31 (1) :2-6
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-3739-en.html
Eye Research Center, Rassoul Akram Hospital, Iran Univer-sity of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , paryaab@yahoo.com
Abstract:   (2319 Views)

    Background: Despite the advantages of dual peer mentoring, there are a few reports of implementing and evaluating such programs for medical students. This study aimed at exploring the perceptions of mentors and mentees about the dual peer mentoring program for the first year undergraduate medical students of Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

   Methods: This qualitative study was conducted at the end of the first year of implementing the mentoring program. All mentees and mentors were invited to participate in focus group discussions. Data were analyzed using a qualitative content analysis.

   Results: All mentors (n= 12) and a group of mentees (n= 21) participated in focus group discussion sessions. We provided a variety of supports for the mentees including academic and psychosocial support and positive relationship; as a result, some developments occurred to the mentors We also explored participants’ views on some unique aspects of the program such as student-authorized, dual mentoring, and role model sessions.

   Conclusion: Our participants found the mentoring program beneficial in various academic achievements and psychosocial supports for both the mentors and the mentees. Dual peer mentoring program can be an alternative to school administered programs

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Medical Education

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