Responsibilities of Mentors

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Senior faculty will be expected to:

  • Serve on one or more mentoring committees, including those of junior faculty from other departments as feasible.

  • Attend mentoring committee meetings to assist in the creation of the menteeā€™s personal development plan and to provide feedback on progress during the year.

  • Be available.

  • Be engaged: Be willing to give constructive criticism as well as praise, and suggest options for "fixing" problems.

  • Be courteous: Give sufficient notice before changing meetings. Respond to emails and telephone calls promptly.

  • Be in touch: Try to keep in touch regularly through emails.

  • Be honest about the relationship: Clarify your role and exactly what the mentee expects of you. Let your mentee know if you think the relationship needs to change, due to changes in their needs, pressures on your time, etc.

  • Play a role in career advancement: Talk about your mentee's accomplishments within the institution, introduce them to others, and recommend them for national events.

  • Help establish goals: What do you and your mentee hope to accomplish?

Adapted from document prepared by A. Gore, PhD, M. Grace, PhD, K. Kaplan, PhD, and A. Wang, MD

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