Mentor Tips

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.