5. How Can You Assess, Diagnose, and Treat Mentorship that is in Trouble?
Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
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Mentorship in Academic Medicine
How to Cite
Straus, S. E. and Sackett, D. L. (2013) How Can You Assess, Diagnose, and Treat Mentorship that is in Trouble?, in Mentorship in Academic Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch5
- Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
- Published Print: 2 OCT 2013
Print ISBN: 9781118446027
Online ISBN: 9781118446065
- abuses of power;
- sexual harassment
This chapter addresses the symptoms of mentorships in trouble. It identifies their most likely diagnoses, and proposes a range of preventive, curative, and rehabilitative interventions (including, as a last resort, euthanasia). The second cluster of mentorships in trouble arises from abuses of power. Again excepting the rare emergency, the repeated failure by either the mentor or mentee to do what they pledged to do at the end of the previous meeting is a symptom of a mentorship in trouble. Mentees gain valuable new skills and knowledge by taking on sub-projects of their mentor's research, or by writing an occasional report or commentary about their mentor's work, both conducted under their guidance. When mentors subject their mentees to intimidation, bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or promise academic rewards in exchange for sexual favors, their behavior is not only intolerable; in most jurisdictions it is illegal.