Current Status and Effectiveness of Mentorship Programmes in Urology: A Systematic Review

Daniel Hay, Mohammed Shamim Khan, Hendrik Van Poppel, Ben Van Cleynenbreugel, James Peabody, Khurshid Guru, Ben Challacombe, Prokar Dasgupta, Kamran Ahmed

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    The objectives of this review are to identify and evaluate the efficacy of mentorship programmes for minimally invasive procedures in urology and give recommendations on how to improve mentorship. A systematic literature search of the PubMed/Medline databases was carried out according to the PRISMA guidelines. In total, 21 articles were included in the review and divided into 4 categories: fellowships, mini-fellowships, mentored skills courses and novel mentorship programmes. Various structures of mentorship programme were identified and in general, mentorship programmes were found to be feasible, having content validity and educational impact. Peri-operative data showed equally good outcomes when comparing trainees and specialists. Mentorship programmes are effective and represent one of the best current methods of training in urology. However, participation in such programmes is not widespread. The structure of mentorship programmes is highly variable, with no clearly defined "best approach" for postgraduate training. This review offers recommendations as to how this "best approach" can be established.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)487-494
    Number of pages8
    JournalBJU International
    Issue number3
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Sept 2015


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