What is a mentor?
It is a person who supports and guides a junior colleague (junior faculty member, residents, or medical student) in his/her professional development.
Many studies show that medical trainees value mentoring. Junior faculty, especially those in academics, also benefit from mentorship by senior faculty. Despite these known facts, less than 40% of medical students have mentors. Furthermore, 98% of academic physicians cite a lack of mentorship as a major factor hindering their career progress.
Types of mentorship
- Individual, one-on-one mentoring
- Group mentoring
- Distance mentoring
How to get started in a mentorship relationship
- Schedule 30 minutes for the first meeting
- Get acquainted, sharing backgrounds and interests
- Exchange contact information
- Discuss best mode for communication and available times
- View mentee’s CV
- Define expectations of the mentee and mentor
- Identify the mentee’s short and long-term goals
- Pick 3 areas to work on together
- Schedule regular meetings
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