You tell us what mentoring has done for you
- By: Rosslynne Freeman
What is a mentor? Mentors are people interested in the professional wellbeing of others. They put their own agendas aside and work with another person—a mentee—to help that person develop his or her professional goals. Mutual respect and trust underpin successful mentoring. Whether you choose your mentor, or get one assigned to you, the key factors for success are that you trust your mentor to give constructive feedback and support.
Mentors are not necessarily older and wiser—more important is their ability to listen without making judgments, offer different perspectives, know how to challenge inaccurate assumptions and beliefs, and find solutions to problems.
Good mentoring takes mentees beyond their current level of understanding through a focused professional conversation. Mentors will help you reflect and learn from your actions and develop the coping strategies needed for medicine. Bad mentors are intolerant of different perspectives, need to tell rather than listen, believe that