Types of Mentoring Relationships

Practitioner-To-Student Mentoring

The mentor and mentee should define together the nature of the relationship. They should decide upon the type of mentoring relationship they will have.

Types are as follows: 1

  • Formal: Includes a written agreement, formal meeting times and involvement in outside activities.
  • Informal: A relationship without a written agreement or formal meeting schedule.
  • Virtual (distance, email): Includes emails, chats, phone calls, and other interactions without being physically in the same place.
  • Just-in-Time: Includes all interactions with students that occur during clinical rotations and community preceptor assignments.
    These are opportunities to discuss primary care as a potential specialty.
  • Combination of two or more of the above: Mentor and mentee create a relationship that works for them.

Peer-To-Peer Mentoring

The first two years of medical or professional school can present numerous academic, professional and social challenges for students. Older, more experienced students can provide assistance and guidance to younger students. PCCAMP will facilitate mentoring relationships between third- and fourth-year students interested in primary care, and first- and second-year students with similar interests.