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Positive Benefits for Mentees from Mentoring Relationships

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Positive Benefits for Mentees 

Professional Growth


Receive assistance with long-term career planning and direction


  • help with clarifying career goals and course of action
  • good advice and practical help for obtaining additional training
  • advice for committees to serve, developing a promotions package, developing educational and clinical portfolios


Receive guidance on aspects of academic life and culture


Receive good basic research training


  • new research techniques
  • how to apply for grants
  • help planning grants
  • information about granting agencies
  • suggestions for structuring grant applications
  • collaboration with experienced faculty
  • gain desired research experience


Gain exposure to great teaching


  • new approaches to teaching
  • new ways to evaluate students
  • ways to help students with learning issues
  • understand educational scholarship
  • working with residents


Advance general clinical skills


  • clinical operations
  • clinical administration
  • handling ethical clinical dilemmas


Learn Specific Skills


  • how to give presentations
  • how to write and publish


Increase productivity


Increase recognition and acceptance in the professional community


  • empowered by endorsement of mentor
  • introductions to significant people in the institution
  • introductions to significant people in the field
  • opportunities to serve on major committees and boards


Tangible rewards


  • receive promotion
  • receive own funding

Personal Growth


Learn negotiating and communication skills


Gain self-confidence


  • to do research
  • to do educational activities
  • to perform clinical activities
  • in leadership/administrative role


Experience increased motivation


Learn to be efficient


Learn from the mentor's broad perspective and different philosophy


Learn cognitive skills, e.g. critical thinking/problem solving


Discover how important it is to help others


Develop new interests

Receive general constructive criticism and guidance


Receive wisdom and advice, but freedom to make own decision


Have an objective person with whom to discuss problems/concerns

Receive general encouragement


Receive support for taking professional risk


Have a role model

Intellectual stimulation, i.e. someone with whom to discuss your science, education, clinical career path  

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