Usability and perceptions of a one-on-one telementoring program for young physicians in rural settings of Peru: a mixed method study

Leonardo Rojas-Mezarina, Stefan Escobar-Agreda, Max Chahuara-Rojas, Javier Silva-Valencia, Daniel Hector Espinoza-Herrera, C. Mahony Reátegui-Rivera, Miguel Moscoso-Porras, Juan Quispe-Gamarra, Gerardo Ronceros

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Background: Telementoring seems to be a promising strategy to deliver training and counselling to physicians in remote areas. In Peru, early graduated physicians must work for the Rural and Urban-Edge Health Service Program where they face important training needs. The aim of this study was to describe the usage of a one-on-one telementoring program for rural physicians and evaluate the aspects related to the perceptions of acceptability and usability. Methods: Mixed methods study on recently graduated physicians who work in rural areas and participate in the telementoring program. The program used a mobile application to connect these young doctors with specialized mentors to answer queries about real-life problems raised by working in a rural area. We summarize administrative data to assess participant characteristics and their participation in the program. Additionally, we conducted in-depth interviews to explore the perceived usability, ease of use, and reason for non-use of the telementoring program. Results: Of 74 physicians (mean age 25, 51.4% women) enrolled, 12 (16.2%) actively used the program and performed a total of 27 queries, which received response in an average time of 5.4 ± 6.3 h. In the interviews, the main reasons for non-use were connectivity issues, feelings of shame, and self-efficacy. For those who used the telementoring program they referred it was easy to use and solve their inquiries timely. Conclusions: The implementation of a telementoring program sought to provide guidance to recently graduated physicians working in rural areas. Low use rates show that administrative and process-related deficiencies in the program implementation need to be improved.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number175
JournalBMC Medical Education
Issue number1
StateIndexed - Dec 2023

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  • Medical education
  • Rural health
  • Telementoring


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