4.2. Some Effective Mentoring Strategies and Tactics

Part 2: Protecting Mentees from “Dys-Opportunities”

  1. Sharon E. Straus MD, FRCPC, MSc1,2 and
  2. David L. Sackett OC, MD, FRSC, FRCP3

Published Online: 4 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch4b

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

How to Cite

Straus, S. E. and Sackett, D. L. (2013) Some Effective Mentoring Strategies and Tactics, in Mentorship in Academic Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch4b

Author Information

  1. 1

    Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

  3. 3

    Trout Research & Education Centre, Irish Lake, ON, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118446027

Online ISBN: 9781118446065



  • academic clinicians;
  • mentoring strategies;
  • protecting mentees


Protecting mentees from the myriad “dys-opportunities” they will encounter along the way is a vital mentoring strategy that mentors ought to execute in serving their mentees. The evidence in this chapter meets the “moderate-quality” criterion of the GRADE Working Group. The authors tabulate 40 specific dys-opportunities that have befallen them and their colleagues worldwide, as originally described in a “Clinician-trialist round” written by Andrew Oxman and Dave Sackett, accompanied by suggestions as to why mentees might benefit from saying “no” to them. They are grouped into conferences, administration, grant applications and other people's research, other people's papers, teaching and supervising, clinical work, working with other people, and reading.