Mentoring for Academic Development
Mentoring for academic development encompasses the intentional establishment of a dynamic and reciprocal relationship between advanced career and beginning/junior academic emergency medicine physicians. This relationship is both developmentally (personal and professional) and contextually (career and academic culture) relevant and is focused on promoting the career development of both the mentor and the mentee.
Mentee in Academic Emergency Medicine
A mentee is most commonly a beginning/junior faculty member that actively pursues a mentor-relationship in order to gain insights, guidance, and instruction for personal, professional, and academic career development and advancement.
Characteristics of Successful Mentees
Personal attributes: Understanding/compassionate, enthusiastic, nonjudgmental, patient, honest, responsive, trustworthy, reliable, excels at active listening, open to feedback, self-appraising.
Behaviors toward mentors: Takes responsibility for "driving the relationship", respects meeting times, comes prepared, pro-active in identifying and presenting problems, respectful of mentors' time and other commitments
(Straus & Sackett, 2013)
Mentor in Academic Emergency Medicine
A mentor intentionally takes interest in the personal and academic development of a beginning/junior colleague and is active in providing guidance, instruction, feedback, and support. Mentors may play several roles while in this capacity including that of advisor, supporter, teacher, guide, sponsor, and role model. A core element in a successful mentor-mentee relationship begins with bidirectional authentic commitment.
Characteristics of Successful Mentors
Personal attributes: Altruistic/generous, enthusiastic, understanding/compassionate, nonjudgmental, patient, honest, responsive, trustworthy, reliable, excels at active listening, motivating, self-appraising
Behaviors toward mentees: accessible, works hard to develop an important relationship with the mentee, consistently offers help in the mentee's best interests, identifies the mentee's potential strengths, assists mentees in defining and reaching their goals, holds a high standard for the mentee's achievements, compatible with mentee's practice style, vision, and personality
Professional stature: Already successful and well respected in their field, well-connected to sources of additional help.
(Straus & Sackett, 2013)