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Mentee Expectations and Benefits

Mentee Expectations2 


Commitment Time: 3 year minimum, with anticipation that the mentoring relationship will extend beyond this minimum commitment. Meet at least quarterly with career and content Mentors.


    • The Program is open to all faculty
    • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect
    • Sensitivity to individuals of different cultural, gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds
    • Ability to be discreet and keep confidences


    • Assume primary responsibility for your career and your own career development
    • Clarify mentoring needs and priorities, identify career goals
    • Commit to the time, emotion, and active participation required to make the mentoring relationship successful
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • Meet with mentor on a regular basis to establish working relationship
    • Provide feedback to your mentor
    • Respond to all requests for communication and information from Mentoring Program Manager, including phone calls, surveys and other mentoring related forms.


    • Receive guidance, encouragement, and intellectual stimulation
    • Enjoyment of the mentoring experience
    • Increased productivity
    • Professional growth
    • Personal growth
    • Friendship and support
    • Receive at least a Content-Specific Mentor and a Career Mentor

    Mentor Position Descriptions

    Content-Specific Mentor:

    • Senior faculty member from within department or section if one is available, otherwise from outside department
    • Provides speciality/discipline-specific career content expertise, information, development, and advice
    • Provides insight of department/section culture
    • Provides information about department/section expectations, role relations, resources, etc; "go to" person as a valuable "in-house" resource
    • To the extent possible, should not be mentee's direct supervisor or department chair/ section head

    Career Mentor:

    • Senior faculty from outside the department
    • Provides mentoring for overall career guidance, advice, development and support
    • Focuses on more global mentoring aspects of academic career (goals, activities, juggling priorities/efforts), transitioning into being a faculty member, transitioning to new community, making career choices/decisions, career promotion, work/life choices
    • Helps navigate through new general and political environment of academic medicine/science
    • Gives mentee broad overall perspectives
    • Helps mentee access campus resources

      Quick Reference

      Evelyn Anthony, MD
      Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
      Shannon Suggs
      Program Coordinator

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