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Mentor Tips

Tips for Mentors 1

Mentor Tips1. 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.

Primary Care Career Advising and Mentoring Program
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