Time to introduce mentorship into surgical training programmes?

  • J Edge Stellenbosch University


I didn’t realise it, but as a junior doctor working in New Zealand, I had the privilege of having my first mentor. She was an older woman, Dr Ira, a radiologist from Sri Lanka. At the time, I was working as the only female in the department of general surgery and battling with my male colleagues. After a particularly bruising incident, I went down to see her to complain. She gave me advice I have never forgotten. She introduced me to silence as a reply. It is a powerful weapon. You never regret what you haven’t said. It gives you space to contemplate the situation and eventually formulate a reply.

Author Biography

J Edge, Stellenbosch University

Division of Surgery, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

How to Cite
Edge, J. (2021). Time to introduce mentorship into surgical training programmes?. South African Journal of Surgery, 59(3), 74-76. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/3753