The mentoring of women for medical career development

Renate Petersen, Angelika Eggert, Ruth Grümmer, Ulrike Schara, Wolfgang Sauerwein
2012 International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education  
Purpose -In Germany, scientific qualifications and an academic career in medical disciplines require mastering and balancing clinical, research and teaching activities. Systematic interdisciplinary human resource development is rare in German medical faculties. The purpose of this paper is to describe the MediMent programme, which is a model for systematic interdisciplinary support of early-and mid-phase career development for medical academics. It comprises mentoring, training and networking
more » ... dules tailored for pre-and post-doctoral students at the Medical Faculty. It contributes to organisational development and reducing gender inequality by an affirmative action programme for women. The programme supports individual career-building, teaches networking skills for an interdisciplinary workplace and assists in conflict resolution. Design/methodology/approach -Mentors and mentees provided feedback via standardised forms. Additional open-ended questions were interpreted by content analysis. Statistics were prepared using SPSS. Findings -Evaluation of the first six-year programme run revealed several benefits, indicating the trio of mentoring, networking and the accompanying seminar series efficiently supports career development of young medical academics. Participating mentees felt they achieved career goals within the mentoring programme. Evaluations indicated a strong potential for future investment in the organisation through better training, improving institutional visibility and stimulating recruitment of excellent students. Originality/value -The success of the MediMent programme described in the paper recommends it for implementation at other institutions.
doi:10.1108/20466851211262888 fatcat:kwmhfd3dfbfntjhypsipvgtiza