Tips for Mentors 1
1. Listen patiently
- Give students time to get to issues they find important or sensitive.
- Attempt to pick up on mentee’s verbal and nonverbal cues.
- Listen for what is not said, as well as what is said.
2. Nurture self-sufficiency
- Your goal is to foster the development of the student’s growth in their selected specialty (even if it is not your own specialty).
- Encourage confidence and knowledge about the student’s skills and personal characteristics.
3. Make yourself accessible
- A reasonably prompt response to your mentee’s telephone call or email is important to the relationship.
4. Welcome the student
- Invite the student to shadow you at your office/practice.
- Share your own successes and failures.
- Partner with the student on primary care-focused activities.
5. Build a relationship
- Get to know the student and allow the student to know you, both personally and professionally.
6. Primary care vision
- Provide experiences and opportunities that challenge primary care stereotypes and promote reflection and attitudinal change.
Adapted in May 2010 from Roger’s Toward Measuring the Domains of Mentoring. Family Medicine, 2008.