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Mentorship in Radiation Oncology

February 15, 2021

Effective ‘mentorship’ is increasingly recognized as vital for early career education (ECE).  It impacts who steps into a field, how great their impact is on the path, and how satisfied they are with the journey.  However, there are varying definitions of mentorship including who should be mentored, what forms mentorship should take, and how value should be measured.  This impacts the varying programs that work to develop, evaluate, and share mentorship opportunities in our field.

For the February 2021 #RadOnc #JC we’ll be discussing mentorship in radiation oncology with a focus on a recent publication:

Marsiglio, J. A., et al. Mentorship Initiatives in Radiation Oncology: A Scoping Review of the Literature. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. Jan 3, 2021. [link]

Thanks to the Red Journal and Elsevier for making the article open access for the week to assist with Global Participation!

Another thanks to study authors Drs. Erin Gillespie (@ErinGillespieMD), Chelain Goodman (@ChelainG), Daniel Golden (@d_golden) et al who will be joining us for the weekend!

Our chat will begin 8 AM Central Standard Time (CST) on Saturday February 20th and carry through into Sunday. We will have a “live hour” at 1 PM CST on Sunday February 21st with the study authors.

Guiding Topics
T1. Background:  What is the rationale behind mentorship and this publication?

T2. Methods: What is a scoping review?  When is it effective? How was it applied to this publication? How was bias minimized? 

T3. Results: What were they? Who participated in mentorship programs? What forms of mentorship were found? What mentorship outcomes were described?

T4. Discussion: What is the take home message for mentorship for radiation oncology? What is your local practice and does this help? Are the benefits of mentorship programs in your setting worth all the costs?

Next Steps: Is there a subset of mentors/mentees/settings where mentorship may be most effective?  Least effective? Are more mentorship studies needed and if so, how should they be designed?  How can the findings of this study be used to help more (i.e. trainees, programs, institutions, and health systems)?

Some tips to participate:

  • Guidelines on how to sign up & participate
  • Disclaimer for ways to keep #RadOnc #JC rewarding and professional. If you’re not ready, just lurk & tune in to the conversation.

Suggestions? Leave a comment or tweet @Rad_Nation. We look forward to engaging -> learning!

Selected Open Access References:

Cooke, K. J., et al. (2017). The Road of Mentorship. American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book(37): 788-792. [link]

Inclusion, belonging at heart of faculty mentorship program (2020). Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. [link]

Choi, A. M. K., et al. (2019). Developing a Culture of Mentorship to Strengthen Academic Medical Centers. Academic Medicine 94(5). [link]

Lee, A., et al. (2020). Mentorship in Radiation Oncology: Role of Gender Diversity in Abstract Presenting and Senior Author Dyads on Subsequent High-Impact Publications. Advances in Radiation Oncology 5(2): 292-296. [link]

K Winkfield, C Thomas, R Mailhot (2018). Why Mentorship Matters (ASTRO). [link]

Angel, M. O., et al. (2020). Mentoring as an opportunity to improve research and cancer care in Latin America (AAZPIRE project). ESMO Open 5(6). [link]

Mentoring for Trainees and Fellows. NIH National Cancer Institute. 2018. [link]

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