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Mentoring Relationship Guidelines

Mentor and Mentee Relationship

Mentoring is a relationship through which one person shares their knowledge, skills, information and perspective to cultivate the personal and professional growth of the mentee.

Building a Mentoring Relationship: Commentary From a Physician Assistant Student

Ryan Narisco
Physician Assistant Program Student, Quinnipiac University

General Guidelines:

  • Most sources agree that a mentor should not be the direct supervisor of the mentee due to the conflict of grading the student.
  • Mentors and mentees should have opportunities to interact and determine mutual interests. The objective is to allow a more organic matching of mentees to mentors.
  • Mentors and mentees should share a certain passion or goal. For example, a shared clinical focus, gender, ethnicity, advocacy style, research interest, etc.
  • Mentors and mentees should agree on the goals and objectives of the relationship.
  • Mentors and mentees should agree on time commitment, how long the relationship will last, communication modes, and frequency for evaluating the relationship.


Primary Care Career Advising and Mentoring Program
263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-7969