The Role of the Mentee
Mentoring is, at heart, a process fueled by the mentee. Mentors can help you work more efficiently, think more creatively, and empower you to develop your skills...but they won't come looking for you. You have to initiate, define, schedule, and hold up your end of the agreement. Finding a mentor can be a daunting process. To assist you through these initial steps, we encourage you to get in touch with your department's Mentoring Leader.
Your needs as a mentee may vary. We encourage you to have multiple mentors to meet those needs by forming a Mentoring Committee. This group of mentors may advise you on scientific decisions, provide advice on work-life balance, or help you reach your goal of becoming president of a society. It is up to you to decide what your goals are and find faculty members that can help you achieve them.
Once you've selected your mentors, developed the mentoring relationship, and have found a cooperative rhythm, your mentor will be among the most valuable voices as you work to develop your career. Ultimately, your mentor helps provide you with an accurate assessment of your career, both for your strengths and weaknesses.
We encourage you to download the Mentee Guide, an easy-to-use tool that helps you navigate the various stages of the mentoring relationship. If you have any questions about mentoring resources, would like more information, or have a topic you would like to see addressed at an event, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Academic Development and Enrichment (OADE) conducts regular "Pulse Check" surveys of junior faculty. Pulse Checks are voluntary, quick questionnaires that are designed to give our office better insight into your experience as a new faculty member at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. All answers are held in confidence, and the anonymized data is shared with department Mentoring Leaders to help them better serve their faculty.
In addition, OADE hosts Coffee Talk, a bi-monthly informal gathering for junior faculty to meet with the Dean of Academic Development and Enrichment and ask any questions they may have. Coffee Talk is held on the 4th Thursday of every second month (February, April, June, August, October) at the Starbucks in the Annenberg Lobby.
This guide will serve as a resource to help get you started with mentoring. It will provide important tools, tips, and contacts that will enable you to complete the steps outlined. Read More
Lakshmi A. Devi, PhD
Dean for Academic Development and Enrichment
Elizabeth Urbanski, MPA
Rod Aminian, MPH