Mentorship in pediatric surgery: A need for structure?

Cristine S. Velazco, Victor J. Davila, Amir M. Alhajjat, Daniel J. Ostlie, Erin M. Garvey*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Introduction: Mentorship in surgical training is critical but differs greatly from the early apprenticeship model and often spans generations. This study evaluates the current state of and desire for structured mentorship in pediatric surgical training from the perspective of program directors (PDs) and trainees. Methods: A survey addressing demographics, presence of or desire for structured mentorship, and proposed mentoring topics was emailed to pediatric surgery PDs (n = 58) and trainees completing fellowship in 2018–2020 (n = 72). Results: The response rate was 38.5%. 50% of trainees were female versus 15% of PDs (p = 0.02). 19% of trainees reported having a structured mentorship program versus 26% of PDs (p = 0.72). The majority, 83%, of trainees felt a structured mentorship program is warranted versus 40% of PDs (p = 0.002). There were differing opinions between trainees and PDs regarding important components of a mentoring program. Trainees felt the following were more important: transition to practice, job negotiation, CV review, financial planning and performance review. PDs felt the following were more important: quality improvement projects and work/life balance. Both agreed academic development and job search were important. Conclusions: The majority of pediatric surgery trainees desire structured mentorship programs; however, few institutions have them. Training programs and program directors warrant a response to this gap. Level of Evidence: IV

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
StateAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Fellowship training
  • Mentoring
  • Millennial
  • Surgical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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