Fundamentals of Mentoring: Three Steps to a Mentee-Driven Relationship

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10441 August 26, 2016 12

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Mentoring in academia is considered a fundamental element of career choice, satisfaction, and productivity. While there is an expectation that trainees and junior faculty will have a mentor, there is no standard practice for training or establishing mentoring relationships. This mentoring workshop is designed to help leaders in academic medicine train mentees. This workshop is built around the fundamental belief that training the mentee to be proactive, take ownership, and drive the relationship will not only jump-start the mentoring process but also cultivate a more sustainable mentoring relationship. Specifically, the goal of this session is to (1) empower mentees with mentoring knowledge and skills to enhance their future mentoring relationships and (2) offer tools to support the professional development of mentees. The materials for this workshop include instructor and participant resources to facilitate self-reflection and group discussion. Tools include a mentee needs self-assessment and a mentoring network map. Implementation of the workshop was successfully carried out in a residency program with 21 interns in their first year of training. Participants believed the workshop was appropriate for their needs and provided useful knowledge and tools to enhance their mentoring relationships. This workshop is the first session in a mentoring training series designed to provide ongoing mentoring training, resources, and tools to encourage both the mentor and the mentee to cultivate a productive relationship.


Welch JL. Fundamentals of mentoring: three steps to a mentee-driven relationship. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2016;12:10441.

Educational Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the utility of completing a mentee self-assessment to guide future career development needs.
  2. Discuss strategies to identify a mentor (or mentors) with character qualities and skills to match a mentee’s mentoring needs.
  3. Recognize and reflect upon the important mentor and mentee character qualities that lead to more effective mentoring relationships.


  • Mentoring, Mentors, Mentee, Mentoring Relationship, Mentorship, Professional Development

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

This workshop was presented January 5, 2016, for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Portions of the workshop were adapted from a prior workshop I submitted for faculty development (Welch J, Palmer M, Mitchell A, et al. Faculty mentoring workshop. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2014;10:9778.


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