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Can a placement mentoring programme prepare medical students for future practice as junior doctors?

Published: 20 February 2020

This qualitative study explores the views and experiences of Year 4 medical students regarding a placement mentoring programme during their Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) placement in Southampton.

The mentoring programme is designed to prepare students for future practice as junior doctors, but is mentoring a beneficial process for students and what can they learn from it about clinical practice?

Dr Ka Ying Bonnie Ng and Mr Obi Mba from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Princess Anne Hospital, and Siobhan Lynch and Jacquie Kelly from Medical Education worked together on the study, published in an article in the open access medical journal BMJ Open.  To read the full article, please visit


Notes for editors

Medical students’ experiences of the benefits and influences regarding a placement mentoring programme preparing them for future practice as junior doctors: a qualitative study

Ka Ying Bonnie Ng1,2, Siobhan Lynch3, Jacquie Kelly4, Obinna Mba2

School of Human Development and Health, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, Southampton, UK
Medical and Biological Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, UK
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, Hampshire, UK

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