Optimizing Your Mentoring Relationship: A Toolkit for Mentors and Mentees

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10459 September 23, 2016 12

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Abstract

Mentorship is a vital component of academic and professional development. Mentees report positive impacts from mentorship programs, yet institutions and societies may struggle to meet their mentees’ needs due to factors such as mentor fatigue and lack of mentor training. To address this in our own professional society, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, we developed a mentor toolkit in order to utilize a variety of mentoring models, provide faculty development for midlevel mentors, and offer guidance to mentees. This toolkit has successfully served as a self-guided resource at national meetings for many years, garnering positive feedback from mentors and mentees alike. Previously published curricula focus on specific subcomponents of mentoring and professional development in academic medicine, such as mentee-driven mentoring, long-distance mentoring relationships, skills building for mentors, facilitated peer mentoring models, professional development planning, and effective networking skills. Our resource aims to serve as a one-stop shop for individuals leading mentoring programs for their institutions. In addition to the previously published topics, we incorporate content on how to audit one’s mentoring relationship, how to prepare and maintain one’s CV, how to deliver feedback to mentees, and how to implement dyadic and speed mentoring sessions. The principles and methods are easily generalizable and may be used to guide mentorship programs within institutional and professional societies, as well as to assist mentors and mentees in optimizing their individual mentoring relationships.

Citation

Aylor M, Cruz M, Narayan A, et al. Optimizing your mentoring relationship: a toolkit for mentors and mentees. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2016;12:10459. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10459

Educational Objectives

After reviewing this toolkit, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the skills and attributes of effective mentors and successful mentees.
  2. Articulate the benefits of mentoring for both mentors and mentees.
  3. Participate in a variety of different mentoring models.
  4. Provide effective feedback on mentee strengths and areas for growth and development, and make progress towards goals.
  5. Perform a reflective audit of their mentoring relationships.

Keywords

  • Mentoring, Mentors, Mentee, Professional Development

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