Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144-148

Mentorship in anesthesia: A perspective survey among anesthesia residents in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1 Medical Intern, College of Medicine, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Anesthesiology, King Saud University Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Khalid N Bin Ghali
College of Medicine, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh 13318
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_1145_20

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Context: Mentorship is an integral part of the professional and academic growth; however, the position of mentorships in anesthesia is still yet to be understood. As an attempt to understand this phenomenon, we targeted Riyadh Anesthesiology residents and program directors to explore their perception of mentorship relationships. Aims: The aims of this study were to assess the prevalence of mentorship in anesthesiology training and to assess the perspective of mentorship from anesthesiology residents. Settings and Design: This was a cross-sectional study. Methods and Material: We administered a 20-item validated cross-sectional survey to program directors and anesthesia residents to all Riyadh SCFHS anesthesiology departments. Residents were asked about their perceptions of barriers and benefits to effective mentoring. Statistical Analysis Used: IBM SPSS version 23 and Microsoft Office Excel version 2010. Results: Fifty anesthesiology residents and three program directors responded to our survey. The majority of residents agreed that mentorship was beneficial to the overall success as an anesthesiologist (36 of 50, 72%). Although all three program directors reported that a formal mentorship program is part of their residency program (3 of 3, 100%), only (25 of 50, 50%) responded with access to a mentor. Difficulties reported included lack of formalized meeting times, insufficient times with mentors, and mentor-mentee incompatibility. Conclusions: In conclusion, the study indicated the positive perspective and high principles to mentorship held by anesthesiology residents in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It evidenced the beneficial, professional, and social impact that mentoring hails to the development of future anesthesiologists, and despite all that, it remains underutilized.

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