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MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Mentor Defined

  • A wise and faithful counselor1
  • Someone who is a counselor and teacher and instructs, admonishes and assists a junior trainee or colleague in attaining success2
  • An influential senior sponsor or supporter3

Key Roles of a Mentor 4

  • Establish a relationship of mutual respect and trust
  • Provide a professional and ethical role model
  • Provide support through good and bad times
  • Work with the protégé on career and life goals including work-life balance
  • Advise, counsel, guide, teach, inspire, motivate, challenge, correct, nurture, and enable the protégé

Characteristics of a Mentor 5

  • Able to share life experience, wisdom, and technical expertise
  • A profound listener
  • A careful observer
  • A good problem solver
  • Willing to know, accept and respect the goals and interests of the protégé

References:

1. Homer, The Odyssey, Book II, Lines 255 and 268, 800 BC.

2. Ramani S, Gruppen L, Kachur EK. Twelve tips for developing effective mentors. Med Teach 2006;28:404-408.

3. http://dictionary.com

4. Gough I. Mentoring: Historical origins and contemporary value. ANZ J Surg 78, 831.

5. Fassig, SM, editor. Associate's Survival Guide, AAHA Press, 2005.

Information taken in part/full, adapted and used with permission from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Mentoring Handbooks - November 14, 2012: http://www.apegga.org/members/Mentoring/tocGENERAL.html & http://www.vet.purdue.edu/