Impact of a formal mentoring program on academic promotion of Department of Medicine faculty: A comparative study.
Med Teach. 2014 May 7;
Authors: Morrison LJ, Lorens E, Bandiera G, Liles WC, Lee L, Hyland R, McDonald-Blumer H, Allard JP, Panisko DM, Heathcote EJ, Levinson W, On Behalf Of The Faculty Development Committee, Department Of Medicine, Faculty Of Medicine, University Of Toronto
Abstract Purpose: To evaluate the impact of a formal mentoring program on time to academic promotion and differences in gender-based outcomes. Methods: Comparisons of time to promotion (i) before and after implementation of a formal mentoring program and (ii) between mentored and non-mentored faculty matched for covariates. Using paired-samples t-testing and mixed repeated measures ANCOVA, we explored the effect of mentor assignment and influence of gender on time to promotion. Results: Promotional data from 1988 to 2010 for 382 faculty members appointed before 2003 were compared with 229 faculty members appointed in 2003 or later. Faculty appointed in 2003 or later were promoted 1.2 years (mean) sooner versus those appointed before 2003 (3.7 [SD = 1.7] vs. 2.5 [SD = 2], p < 0.0001). Regardless of year of appointment, mentor assignment appears to be significantly associated with a reduction in time to promotion versus non-mentored (3.4 [SD = 2.4] vs. 4.4 [SD = 2.6], p = 0.011). Gender effects were statistically insignificant. Post hoc analyses of time to promotion suggested that observed differences are not attributable to temporal effects, but rather assignment to a mentor. Conclusions: Mentoring was a powerful predictor of promotion, regardless of the year of appointment and likely benefited both genders equally. University resource allocation in support of mentoring appears to accelerate faculty advancement.
PMID: 24804918 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]