Designing a system of mentorship in Shiraz University of Medical Sciences



As you know, one of the new programs of
the medical universities is to familiarize
the students to the medical atmosphere with
the help of compassionate and experienced
university professors. The program is planned
and implemented under the title of mentorship,
in which an experienced instructor takes the
responsibility of orientation, guidance and problem
solving of a number of students. The students
at the time of admission face some problems,
usually due to the young age, unfamiliarity with
the university context, the amount of the texts,
etc.; therefore, they feel somehow defenseless
in this atmosphere. In this program, which was
longitudinal and often causes a long-term and
friendly relationship between the professor and
students during the education years, these problems
of students discuss with teachers (Mentor) and
in this interact somewhat elevated. To do the
appropriate implementation of this concept in
the university, the university was required to be
familiar with the concept of mentorship at the first
step (1). So, the Education Development Center of
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (EDC) has
implemented this issue in a series of educational
fellowship workshops for the professors of
postgraduate levels.
In teaching this concept, the Jowhari model
(Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham famous model)
(2) has attracted the attention of authorities
and professors of this period. In educating the
concept of mentoring, the development of selfgeneralization
window of the professors was
considered. Because this section covers the
ability of communication and flexibility in the
leadership of the individuals, development of
the window (area) decreases the incidence of
conflicts and misunderstandings and struggles
between individuals in this regard. To develop
this area, there was an attempt in this period that
the professors get familiar with the two methods
of self-openness and feedback. This educational
program was a pilot which was implemented
in the country for the first time in one of the
fellowship programs for the faculty members.
Then, according to the results and positive
feedbacks, it was applied more extensively. So
far, this subject has been trained in 5 different
fellowship training courses of the professors in
the form of diverse topics, such as the mentorship
concept in educating the students, counseling and
mentoring models and evaluation and feedback
principles. The results of the training shows
achievement of the educational goals (85%),
applicability of the educational materials (93%),
and relevance of the educational environment 

(78%) in the universities. So, due to the newness
of this concept in the country and the necessity
of its performance, doing more studies on
the improvement of this concept in the other
professor of this university seems necessary.

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