Mentorship in General Surgery
(East of England Higher Surgical Trainees)

The RCS quoted definition of mentoring is “The process whereby an experienced, highly regarded, empathic person (the mentor), guides a mentee in the development and re-examination of their own ideas, learning, and personal and professional development. The mentor who often, but not necessarily, works in the same organisation or field as the mentee, achieves this by listening and talking in confidence to the mentee.”   

STEER have recently set up a mentorship programme within the region for higher surgical trainees in General Surgery. The programme matches junior registrars (ST3-5) with more senior registrar trainee peers (ST6+) in order to aid them during the initial stages of their surgical training. Mentoring has been shown to be beneficial for junior doctor trainee surgeons and can help mentees in a multitude of aspects including career guidance/progression, work life balance, transitioning into registrar life, support for ARCPs/exams and general advice. All our mentors have volunteered themselves into the programme and have had formal mentor training. The programme has matched junior and senior trainees depending on their declared sub-specialty and extra-clinical interests (e.g. academia, management, teaching). If you would like to get involved, please contact a STEER executive council member.