Peer mentoring for radiotherapy planning skills development: a pilot study

P. Bridge, N. J. Ellemor, M. Carmichael, G. Gibson

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Abstract

Introduction This study aimed to determine the potential role and guidelines for implementation of skill-based peer mentoring for radiotherapy planning education. Methods After four weekly mentoring sessions, both Year 3 mentors (n=9) and Year 2 mentees (n=9) were invited to complete a short online questionnaire relating to the impact of the initiative. The tool contained a mixture of Likert-style questions concerning student enjoyment and perceived usefulness of the initiative as well as more qualitative open questions that gathered perceptions of the peer mentoring process, implementation methods and potential future scope. Results Several key discussion themes related to benefits to each stakeholder group, challenges arising, improvements and potential future directions. There were high levels of enjoyment and perceived value of the mentoring from both sides with 100% of the 18 respondents enjoying the experience. The informal format encouraged further learning, while mentors reported acquisition of valuable skills and gains in knowledge. Conclusions Peer mentoring has a valuable and enjoyable role to play in radiotherapy planning training and helps consolidate theoretical understanding for experienced students. An informal approach allows for students to adopt the most appropriate mentoring model for their needs while providing them with a free space to engender additional discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Radiotherapy in Practice
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • education
  • peer mentoring
  • pre-registration
  • radiotherapy planning

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