Responsibilities of Mentors

Mentors play an important role in junior faculty career development, though their role varies tremendously based on the nature and expectations of the mentoring relationship. You and your mentee define each other's role. A major responsibility as a mentor is to be available. Time commitments will vary and what works best can be decided between you and your mentee. Among the most common roles played by a mentor are as follows:

  • Establishing short-term and long-term goals;
  • Filling knowledge gaps or connecting your mentee to someone who can;
  • Helping them find resources and programs within the Mount Sinai Health System that may be useful;
  • Providing constructive criticism and praise of a mentee's work;
  • Giving career advice, as well as advice on managing work-life balance.

We encourage all mentors to download the Mentor Guide. The guide is intended to be an easy-to-use tool that helps you navigate the various stages of the mentoring relationship.

If you are interested in being a mentor, we encourage you to get in touch with your department's Mentoring Leader. If you have any questions about mentoring resources, or have a topic you would like to see addressed at an event, please reach out to

Mentor Guide

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

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