Adapted from Characteristics of Successful and Failed Mentoring
Relationships: A Qualitative Study Across Two Academic Health Centers
- Create a welcome
environment. Ensure the meeting environment—typically the mentor’s office—makes
the mentee feel safe and welcome.
- Meet regularly. Agree
upon a regular meeting schedule. Discuss communication expectations between
face-to-face meetings (whether via email or telephone).
- Establish a
communication framework. “Reiterate and review” each discussion to ensure the
mentor and mentee understand what took place and the resulting action items.
This can include use of checklists. For example, mentors may use a checklist
during each discussion to ensure career, administrative, education, and
personal issues have been addressed.
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qualitative study about mentorship.