Three Tactics for a Successful Mentoring Relationship
Developing a mentoring relationship is what makes working with medical students so rewarding. A recent study outlined the characteristics that lead to a successful mentor-mentee relationship. The following tips are an adaptation of the study, titled Characteristics of Successful and Failed Mentoring Relationships: A Qualitative Study Across Two Academic Health Centers.1
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.
Learn more about this qualitative study about mentorship.
This article was originally published in the May 2016 issue of Faculty Matters, the School of Medicine’s faculty newsletter.
1Straus SE, Johnson MO, Marquez C, Feldman MD, Acad Med. 2013 Jan;88(1):82-9
Working with Your Students
New “5 Minute Clinical Faculty Orientation” Now Available
A new teaching guide is available for download that
outlines tips to help faculty members improve communication and avoid student
mistreatment. It’s a quick and interesting read, and it represents the work of
the Next Steps/Ending Mistreatment
Project Steering Committee.
This document suggests that faculty members articulate
shared goals and expectations, establish authentic roles for students and ask
challenging, respectful questions while avoiding behaviors that may be
interpreted as mistreatment.
download the “ending student mistreatment guide and view other teaching
resources made available by the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs, click
Share the Rural Track Story
The Rural Health Track was founded in 2005 with the
goal of increasing the number of physicians who enter and remain in practice in
rural Colorado. Each medical student at the University of Colorado has the
chance to focus on areas of interest that lie outside the scope of any specific
clinical specialty. These are called tracks and they are a set of
extracurricular activities that extends through multiple semesters on a longitudinal
Center, in conjunction
with University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty members, interviewed
current students, graduates, and other stakeholders to develop video
testimonials about the Rural Health Track.
Please view some of these rewarding stories.
Meet Robert Lam, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School
of Medicine and Emergency Medicine Liaison at the Colorado Springs Branch
In Practice. Dr.
Lam is a practicing emergency medicine physician who serves as director of
medical education for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCHealth Memorial Hospital
Alma Mater. University of Missouri at
Kansas City School of Medicine (combined BA/MD program)
Residency. Truman Medical
Center in Kansas
City (Emergency Medicine)
Lam is actively involved with the American Academy
of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), serving as faculty for the oral board review
course, as well as the social media committee and wildness medicine interest
group. He also facilitates the mentoring program with the Emergency Medicine
Interest Group at Rocky
Dr. Lam was recently made chairman of the AAEM burnout and wellness committee.
Emergency Medicine Preceptor at the 2016 Golden Stethoscope Awards. The awards
are sponsored by the School
Foundations of Doctoring program and the Office of Community Based Medical
Education. They allow medical students to nominate and recognize their
preceptors for their time and dedication.
Education, burnout and physician wellness
On Teaching. “Although the
clinical practice of medicine has its own rewards, I believe that teaching adds
purpose to my work. I find it deeply rewarding to share my knowledge, to feel
that I giving back to my profession and to watch the formation of the next
generation of physicians.”
Free Interlibrary Loan Service Now Available
As a volunteer faculty member, you now have free access
to the Health Sciences
Library interlibrary loan service (ILL).
Most requests for articles and books take just a few days, and many are
to create an interlibrary loan account.
If you have questions, you may contact the
interlibrary loan office at 303-724-2111 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: You need
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please contact Nikki Bost at Nicole.Bost@ucdenver or 303-724-0044 for more information.