Mentorship Interest in Breast Imaging: Survey Results From the Society of Breast Imaging

R. Jared Weinfurtner, Amie Lee, Kerri Vincenti, Kathleen Gundry, Tamarya Hoyt, Katherine Klein, Alex Merkulov, Lisa Mullen, Sophia O'Brien, Daniel Roubein, Joseph Tseng, Laurie Margolies

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Objective: This study assessed mentorship interest within the breast radiologist community to guide development of a mentorship program through the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI). Methods: A 19-question survey developed by the SBI mentorship committee was distributed electronically to its members March 16, 2021, to May 7, 2021, to gauge interest in forming a society-sponsored mentorship program. Responses were analyzed, with subgroups compared using chi-square analysis. Results: There was an 18% response rate (598/3277), and 65% (381/588) professed interest in an SBI-sponsored mentorship. Respondents were evenly distributed between academic (241/586, 41%) and private practice (242/586, 41%). Most were breast imaging fellowship-trained (355/593, 60%) and identified as female (420/596, 70%). For practice years, 50% (293/586) were late career (11+ years) with the remainder early-mid career (201/586, 34%) or trainees (92/586, 16%). For mentorship content areas, work/life balance was the most popular choice (275/395, 70%) followed by leadership (234/395, 59%). Most respondents were not currently mentors (279/377, 74%) or mentees (284/337, 84%). Those interested in a mentorship relationship were statistically younger (<45 years old, 234/381, 61% vs 31/207, 15%, P < 0.00001), female (289/381, 76% vs 123/207, 59%, P = 0.00003), academics (189/381, 50% vs 48/207, 23%, P < 0.00001), identified as a racial/ethnic minority (138/381, 64% vs 121/297, 15%, P < 0.00001), and fellowship-trained (262/381, 69% vs 88/207, 43%, P < 0.00001). Conclusion: There is demand, especially among the society's young and minority members, for an SBI-sponsored mentorship program. Work/life balance and leadership were the most popular choices for guidance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Breast Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022


  • breast imaging
  • mentorship
  • radiology
  • survey


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