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Three Tactics for a Successful Mentoring Relationship

Adapted from 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.

  2. Meet regularly. Agree upon a regular meeting schedule. Discuss communication expectations between face-to-face meetings (whether via email or telephone).

  3. 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.​