4.4. Some Effective Mentoring Strategies and Tactics

Part 4: Mentoring for Knowledge Dissemination*

  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.ch4d

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.ch4d

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



  • audio-visual presentations;
  • knowledge dissemination;
  • mentees;
  • mentor;
  • resurrection process;
  • teaching


The generation of new knowledge, while valuable in its own right, benefits neither its targets nor its creator until it is disseminated. This chapter addresses the mentor's role in helping mentees accomplish that dissemination through the spoken and written word. As with research grants, the authors believe that learning how to make audio-visual presentations and how to generate, submit, and resurrect rejected journal manuscripts are such fundamental prerequisites for academic success that they should be taken up during mentees' graduate training. The resurrection process occurs in four stages. Along the way, mentees are encouraged to take comfort in the fact that many seasoned investigators and authors consider getting a paper published a two-stage process, with stage one ending in a rejected manuscript. The mentee's objective is the identification of effective teaching and evaluation methods by a role model, and often this is best and most efficiently provided by their mentor.