4.3. Some Effective Mentoring Strategies and Tactics

Part 3: Mentoring for Knowledge Generation

  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.ch4c

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.ch4c

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



  • effective mentors;
  • grant application;
  • knowledge generation;
  • mentees;
  • mentoring strategies;
  • tactics


The cardinal measure of a clinical researcher's academic success is their generation of new knowledge that carries benefit to human health. The cardinal measure of the success of the individual's mentors is their ability to prepare academic clinicians for achieving this success, including mentoring them through the agonies and ecstasies of winning grant support for their research. This chapter addresses the lows and highs of winning that support. As the mentor's role is central, not only to rehabilitating the rejected mentee, but also to resurrecting their rejected application, the chapter describes both of these challenges. It also describes the strategies and tactics that mentors can employ in helping their mentees deal with both the emotional and practical consequences of having their grant application rejected. The chapter finally summarizes the strategies and tactics used by over 50 researchers and mentees as they repair and resubmit their unsuccessful research grant proposals.