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Mentoring Surgical Trainees


Surgery is a practical hands-on arduous career that depends on an apprenticeship model. Trainees need to gain knowledge and skills, do quality research, and study for postgraduate exams within a similar time frame of their residency programme. With such a demanding and strenuous programme, trainees need an experienced mentor who can guide them through the difficult hurdles. This paper discusses the role of mentorship, as provided by the clinical supervisor, who supervises the trainee through the clinical challenges, and the educational supervisor, who is responsible for the overall progress of the trainee with not only knowledge and skills but also attitudes and behaviours. Thus mentorship is essential for patient safety.

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The paper was jointly written by Prof DPS Sandhu and Prof D Sharma

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Correspondence to Davinder Sandhu.

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Sandhu, D., Sharma, D. Mentoring Surgical Trainees. Indian J Surg 83, 1598–1599 (2021).

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  • Mentorship
  • Education supervision
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Faculty development
  • Patient safety