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Junior faculty need at least two types of mentors:

Content-Specific Mentors (discipline/specialty related) should be a senior faculty member from within the department or section, if available, otherwise from outside the department.  The Content Mentor provides specialty/discipline specific career content expertise, information, development, and advice.  He or she also provides insight of department/section culture and information about department/section expectations, role relations, resources, etc.

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    This Mentor is the "go to" person as a valuable "in-house" resource.  To the extent possible, he or she should not be a mentee's direct supervisor or department chair/section head.

      Career Mentors are senior faculty from outside the department, who provide mentoring for overall career guidance, advice, development and support.  This relationship focuses on more global mentoring aspects of academic careers (goals, activities, juggling priorities/efforts), transitioning into being a faculty member, transitioning to a new community, making career choices/decisions, career promotion, work/life choices.  The Mentor helps navigate through new general and political environments of academic medicine/science; gives mentees broad overall perspectives; and helps mentees access campus resources.

      Additional Mentors (All mentors encouraged to work together)

      • Scholarly/Project Mentor(s) are responsible for developing a creative and/or independent scholarly/research specific project or career.  This Mentor has expertise in the area of scholarship.  There may be more than 1 Mentor to provide specialized content area or method expertise, e.g. biostatistics (Scholarly Co-Mentors); if >1, one of the Scholarly Mentors serves as a primary Scholarly Mentor.
      • Special Mentors (Women In Medicine, minorities, clinical, community, leadership or administration, work/life, etc.)

      Mentoring pairs are encouraged to meet at least quarterly.

      Mentors outside WFSM are encouraged

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