Abstract

Background: Despite rapid movement in student research in recent years,  there is still little evidence that shows the impact of students' activities on research productivity. In this RMP (Research Mentorship Program), we have tried to create a link between  medical students with little experience and the professors in the field of medicine. This research was led by a group of medical students who are highly experienced in research. The aim of this study has been  to evaluate the impact of the RMP on  research productivity.

Methods: The Research Mentorship Program began  in July 2009 and the program continued for 6 months.  After that initial period, the results were evaluated following another 18 months. Some of the interventions included: introducing the RMP to the students; student meetings of the RMP; meetings with the professors; designing a psychiatric history and mental status examination checklist; and research workshops.

Results: In eleven semi years,  the research productivity scores were evaluated, including eight semi years before interventions and 3 semi years after it. The results show a significant increase in the research productivity score after the RMP in comparison to the research productivity score before it (P-value=0.047). The mean RPS before the RMP was 16.56±7.30 and the score changed to 28.16±7.94 after the RMP.

Conclusions: This study shows that with suitable interventions the student researcher’s have the potential to increase  research productivity.

Key words: Research Mentorship Program ; Mentor ; research productivity  
 
 
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