Mentoring in der Allgemeinmedizin: Beratungsbedarf von Ärzten in Weiterbildung

Translated title of the contribution: Mentoring in family medicine: Consultation needs of family medicine trainees

Mariell Hoffmann*, Elisabeth Flum, Jost Steinhäuser

*Corresponding author for this work
3 Citations (Scopus)


Background and objective More than 600 trainees in family medicine (FM trainees) have participated in the Verbundweiterbildungplus (VWBplus) since this rotation network programme has been implemented in 2009. Mentoring as need-based support and counselling is an essential element of this programme. The aim of this study was to identify FM trainees’ most frequent reasons for counselling in order to explore the qualifications and requirements to be a mentor. Methods 141 e-mails written between December 2009 and July 2014 were analysed according to Mayring. This procedure generated thematic categories of common reasons for seeking counselling. Results 32 % of all VWBplus participants asked mentors of the programme for advice. The most frequent questions (38 %) related to job vacancies, the application process and employment contracts. The second most common inquiries (30 %) referred to participation in the VWBplus as well as contents of education meetings within the VWBplus. Other questions pertained to general aspects of postgraduate training in family medicine (16 %), individual conflict consulting (10 %) and funding applications (6 %). Conclusion The results of the needs assessment survey reveal that a mentoring programme needs competent advisors with experience in family medicine. While FAQ lists are helpful in answering general questions, specific requests such as, for example, a personal crisis require individual counselling provided by a mentor.

Translated title of the contributionMentoring in family medicine: Consultation needs of family medicine trainees
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2016

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  • Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)


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