Academic mentorship as a tool to develop paediatric research: lessons from a pan-London pilot scheme

Authors

  • Kamla Pillay St. George’s, University of London
  • N Bednarczuk Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • A Duret Imperial College London
  • E Ioannidou Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Z Lim Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • E Loucaides Croydon University Hospital, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • H Patel Imperial College London
  • E Thorley St. George’s, University of London

Keywords:

paediatric medicine, academic mentorship

Abstract

Academic paediatrics in the UK is facing a number of challenges including lack of research opportunities for paediatric junior doctors. Mentorship is one way to support junior doctors undertake research and navigate a clinical academic career. Here, we present the results from the London School of Paediatrics (LSP) Trainees Committee (TC) pilot paediatric academic mentorship programme. Forty-six mentees, with a range of paediatric and academic experience  and thirteen senior academics signed up to the pilot scheme. The primary challenge was difficulty arranging an initial meeting, with half of respondents not having met their mentorship group eight months following group allocation. Based on feedback presented here, the scheme will be adjusted prior to the next round.

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Published

17-11-2023

How to Cite

Pillay, K., Bednarczuk, N., Duret, A., Ioannidou , E., Lim, Z., Loucaides, E., Patel, H., & Thorley, E. (2023). Academic mentorship as a tool to develop paediatric research: lessons from a pan-London pilot scheme. London Paediatrics, 4. Retrieved from http://journal.londonpaediatrics.co.uk/index.php/1/article/view/83

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Original Research