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.
more about this qualitative study about mentorship.