Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness and outcomes of a new mentorship program pairing medical students with high school students interested in attending medical school. Specifically, the aims of the program were looking at the self-efficacy of the process of application and entrance into medical school of high school students, the familiarity of the specialties/subspecialties in medicine, the confidence of pursuing a career in medicine, and the attitudes regarding the success of the mentorship program.
Design/Methodology/Approach: The researchers used a pre and post survey method; comparing qualitative data from responses to the surveys prior to the mentorship program and following the mentorship program.
Findings: The results demonstrate much higher self-efficacy of the mentees regarding the medical school “journey” especially in the process of application to medical school and the knowledge of specialties/subspecialties. Surprisingly, mentees were found to have less confidence in successfully completing medical school following the mentorship program than prior to the program.
Rops B, VanHove C, VanHove L, Chandra S, Durant A, Dirks S. Mentorship Program Offers Insight to Students’ Self-Efficacy Interested in Medicine. Aesculapius. 2022 Jan 01; 3(1):Article 2. Available from: https://red.library.usd.edu/aesculapius/vol3/iss1/2. Free full text article.