Perception Of The Mentor-Mentee System Among Medical Students Of The Faculty Of Medicine And Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the perception of medical students towards mentor-mentee system in Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of UNIMAS.

Methods : It was a cross-sectional study involving all 104 year two and 80 year five medical students.  Self-administered questionnaire consist of socio-demographic, general perception on mentor-mentee system, academic support, personal development, and emotional and psychological support was distributed.  The data was entered and analysed using the SPSS version 19.

Results :  Majority of the subjects had a positive outlook towards the mentor-mentee system with a range of 45.6% to 57%.  Three of the top rated perception were mentor analyses mentee’s examination results and provides constructive feedback, mentor advises how to improve academic performance, and mentor gives encouragement and support for the challenges faced (66.8%, 68.0% and 62.9% respectively).  Pre-cinical medical students had significantly better perception on mentor-mentee system than clinical students (p≤0.002) while those with non-clinician mentors significantly had better perception than those with clinician mentors (p≤0.003) on the system.  No significant difference was found between perception of males and females for all components (p=0.234 to 0.722).

Conclusions : The mentor-mentee system was found to be successful as more than half of the respondents had posititve perception on the system and its aspects. However, pre-clinical students benefited more compared to clinical students, which reflect the need to look at the support given to clinical students.  It was recommended that future studies should incorporate the perceptions of mentors.

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About the Author

Whye Lian Cheah
Department of Community Medicine & Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. 
Malaysia

Nan Ommar
Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. 
Malaysia

Tan Sze Fern Joanne
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. 
Malaysia

Surizi Ismail
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. 
Malaysia

Tengku Sarah Tengku Mohd Sharifudin
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. 
Malaysia

Syn Hwan Wong
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

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About The Authors

Whye Lian Cheah
Department of Community Medicine & Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Malaysia

Nan Ommar
Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Malaysia

Tan Sze Fern Joanne
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Malaysia

Surizi Ismail
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Malaysia

Tengku Sarah Tengku Mohd Sharifudin
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Malaysia

Syn Hwan Wong
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

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