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Perspectives on Medical Education

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 312–315

First Online: 08 September 2016


The transition from residency to independent practice presents unique challenges for physicians. New attending physicians often have unmet learning needs in non-clinical domains. An attending physician is an independent medical practitioner, sometimes referred to as a staff physician or consultant. Peer mentorship has been explored as an alternative to traditional mentorship to meet the learning needs of new attendings. In this article, the authors describe how a journal club for general internal medicine fellowship graduates helped ease the transition by facilitating peer mentorship. Journal club members were asked to bring two things to each meeting: a practice-changing journal article, and a ‘transition to practice’ discussion topic such as a diagnostic dilemma, billing question, or a teaching challenge. Discussions fell into three broad categories that the authors have termed: trading war stories, measuring up, and navigating uncharted waters. It is likely that physicians have a strong need for peer mentorship in the first few years after the transition from residency, and a journal club or similar discussion group may be one way to fulfil this.

KeywordsMentorship Medical education Transition to practice Residency Journal club Continuing medical education  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Thomas E. MacMillan - Shail Rawal - Peter Cram - Jessica Liu

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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