3. How Can You Initiate Mentorship?
Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Mentorship in Academic Medicine
How to Cite
Straus, S. E. and Sackett, D. L. (2013) How Can You Initiate Mentorship?, in Mentorship in Academic Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch3
- Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
- Published Print: 2 OCT 2013
Print ISBN: 9781118446027
Online ISBN: 9781118446065
- mentoring relationship;
This chapter is written from the perspective of a mentee hoping to link to an effective mentor and establish an effective mentorship. It discusses how to find a mentor and develop an effective mentoring relationship. Regardless of how potential pairings are created, before formalizing the mentoring relationship, the authors recommend that mentees meet with their prospective mentor's prior mentees to elicit a “first-hand, second-opinion” of the mentor. These meetings can explore prior mentees' experiences, including examples of interactions that illustrate the mentor's personal qualities, breadth, time for mentoring, responses to emergencies, and so forth. It is essential that communication be transparent across the team, to quickly identify and resolve occasions on which the mentee receives incompatible advice from different mentors. Once a mentor has been identified, the initial meeting should occur in a safe, private, and welcoming environment; usually this is the mentor's office.