Program Structure


Sheri et. al. (2019) provided evidence from a meta analysis of 3585 abstracts, 232 full-text articles and 68 articles over 3 decades (1990-2017) that identified structure, content, outcomes and evaluation of mentor training programs as key topics.  Refer to the relevant sections of this toolkit for more discussion on each of these topics.

These components provide the basis for an evidence-based, practice-guided framework for a longitudinal mentor training program in medicine.  Developing a mentoring program should consider these four foundations as essential for its success: A clear structure, content of the mentoring, definition of outcomes, and evaluation of its impact.

Key Considerations in Program Design

Duration and Cadence

Steps to Start a Program

Topics for Possible Program Foci