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Munich-Evaluation-of-Mentoring-Questionnaire (MEMeQ)--A Novel Instrument for Evaluating Proteges' Satisfaction with Mentoring Relationships in Medical Education. Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Schafer, M.; Pander, T.; Pinilla, S.; Fischer, M. R.; von der Borch, P.; Dimitriadis, K.

Title, Section

Munich-Evaluation-of-Mentoring-Questionnaire (MEMeQ)--A Novel Instrument for Evaluating Proteges' Satisfaction with Mentoring Relationships in Medical Education. Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2015

Journal Title

BMC Medical Education

Volume

15

Issue

Nov. 9

Pages

201

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 26553241

DOI

10.1186/s12909-015-0469-0

Abstract

Full text Instrument is in Additional File 1 as a Word Document. BACKGROUND: Despite the widespread recognition of the importance of mentoring in medical education, valid and reliable instruments for evaluating the relationship of mentors and proteges are lacking. The aim of this study was to develop a feasible instrument to measure the satisfaction with mentoring relationships. METHODS: Based on two existing questionnaires, the authors developed an instrument to evaluate the weighted satisfaction of mentoring relationships, emphasizing the proteges' individual expectations and needs. Protégés first define individual areas of interest in their mentoring relationship, then assign relative levels of personal importance to them and finally rate their individual level of satisfaction with their mentors' support in each area of interest. In order to evaluate psychometric properties as well as acceptance and feasibility the investigators conducted a multi-method-study. RESULTS: 134 proteges were included in the study. The instrument was neither perceived as distressing nor time-consuming. The two scores of the questionnaire correlated closely with the overall satisfaction regarding mentoring relationships (OSM, Rho: 0.66, p <.001 and Rho: 0.53, p < .001). CONCLUSIONS: The authors propose MEMeQ as a reliable, valid and flexible instrument for measuring the weighted satisfaction of proteges with their individual mentoring relationship in medical education. Further research is needed to evaluate the generalizability of MEMeQ across other institutions and mentoring programs to add to its validity.

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