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Mentorship has not been delineated in the setting of research presentations. We sponsor a yearly meeting for advance vascular surgery learners (AVSL) and includes a research presentation competition (RPC). We hypothesize that AVSL who have had dedicated institutional mentor input (DIMI) will have improved outcomes.

All AVSL presentations were scored. Learner’s self-assessment of anxiety (10 being maximum), number of audience questions and number of judge’s questions were collected. AVSL were offered an optional feedback session with a dedicated mentor prior to the RPC. All learners self-reported how many times they had presented their practiced their presentation with and without DIMI. Chi-Squared† and student’s t-test* were used.


17 (77.2%) of 22 of all AVSL participants undertook the RPC. The DIMI vs No DIMI AVSL reported a statistically similar mean number of total practice sessions, improved mean presentation score (84.9 ± 6.0 vs. 75.5 ± 6.9;p=0.01*), higher mean judge-based questions (2.3 ± 1.0 vs. 1.0 ± 0.7;p=0.02†) and more mean audience based questions (1.1 ± 0.9 vs. none;p=0.03†) respectively. 60% of the No DIMI and 50% DIMI (p=NS†) undertook the optional onsite mentor feedback session. In measuring self-reported anxiety, there was no statistically mean difference between the groups.


DIMI prior to RPC found AVSL presentations had statistically had higher scored presentations, increased audience and judge feedback regarding their research. These data indicate that mentorship feedback to AVSL prior to presenting at national forums improved presentation outcomes and engagement despite not utilizing an available optional onsite mentor.

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Deadline is September 1, 2023


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