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Title: Mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists in Japan: A cross-sectional survey of mentees in six academic medical centers Career choice, professional education and development
Authors: Sakushima, Ken
Mishina, Hiroki
Fukuhara, Shunichi  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Sada, Kenei
Koizumi, Junji
Sugioka, Takashi
Kobayashi, Naoto
Nishimura, Masaharu
Mori, Junichiro
Makino, Hirofumi
Feldman, Mitchell D.
Author's alias: 三品, 浩基
福原, 俊一
Keywords: Medical education-career choice
Medical education-postgraduate
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Journal title: BMC Medical Education
Volume: 15
Thesis number: 54
Abstract: Background: Physician-scientists play key roles in biomedical research across the globe, yet prior studies have found that it is increasingly difficult to recruit and retain physician-scientists in research careers. Access to quality research mentorship may help to ameliorate this problem in the U.S., but there is virtually no information on mentoring in academic medicine in Japan. We conducted a survey to determine the availability and quality of mentoring relationships for trainee physician-scientists in Japan. Methods: We surveyed 1700 physician-scientists in post-graduate research training programs in 6 academic medical centers in Japan about mentorship characteristics, mentee perceptions of the mentoring relationship, and attitudes about career development. Results: A total of 683 potential physician-scientist mentees completed the survey. Most reported that they had a departmental mentor (91%) with whom they met at least once a month; 48% reported that they were very satisfied with the mentoring available to them. Mentoring pairs were usually initiated by the mentor (85% of the time); respondents identified translational research skills (55%) and grant writing (50%) as unmet needs. Mentoring concerning long-term career planning was significantly associated with the intention to pursue research careers, however this was also identified by some mentees as an unmet need (35% desired assistance; 15% reported receiving it). Conclusions: More emphasis and formal training in career mentorship may help to support Japanese physician-scientist mentees to develop a sense of self-efficacy to pursue and stay in research careers.
Rights: © 2015 Sakushima et al.; licensee BioMed Central. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited.
DOI(Published Version): 10.1186/s12909-015-0333-2
PubMed ID: 25890341
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