Mentoring is essential for a successful career in academic medicine. Mentors can share their expertise in the clinic or laboratory, troubleshoot a problem, advise on a decision, and open doors to new opportunities. The goal of the OFA is to enhance the culture of mentoring at UMMS—to ensure that all faculty have access to mentors and to the resources needed to establish and sustain a mentoring relationship. These pages provide information and resources for:

  • Mentees: How do you find a mentor? How do you establish and sustain a mentoring relationship?
  • Mentors: What skills do mentors need? How do you manage a mentoring relationship?
  • Mentoring Programs: Are you starting a new mentoring program in your department or unit? What resources do you need?

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Mentoring Advisory Board
Mentoring Survey
Onboarding Mentor Program
Pathway to Tenure Program
Peers for Promotion

Mentees Mentors Mentoring Programs

Having the right mentor(s) for the many stages of a career in academic medicine makes the journey more rewarding, opens doors, and helps focus your work to achieve greater outcomes. Your needs at any one time will vary and most faculty can benefit from more than one mentor.

  • Many forms of mentoring to consider: peer mentoring, one on one, circle of mentors, functional mentors.
  • Many types of mentoring: coaching/teaching; counselling; promotion/sponsor/protector.

Deciding WHAT type of mentor your need is the first step.

  • You may want to take the Individual Opportunity Plan (IOP) to help focus your goals and identify the type of mentors that could be most helpful to you.
  • Discuss your thoughts with your Division Chief, peers, and Chair and use their ideas and the resources below to construct or refine your own mentorship plan.

Connecting with your mentor:

  • Take a few minutes to review the resources on the responsibilities of mentees and mentors and making your mentor/mentee relationships work.

What kind of mentoring should I think about?

Review the mentoring talks and papers. Decide whether you want is a coach, a sponsor, or a counselor or a combination of these in order to help you meet your mentoring goals. If you want help starting and focusing your mentoring plan you can arreange for an individual academic career consultation from the OFA.

What is important to make a mentor relationship work?

  • Clear goals and objectives make a difference by helping your mentor focus on your needs.
  • Share the goals and objectives that come out of the Individual Mentoring Plan you may have completed.
  • Consider using a mentor agreement to make sure you and your mentor’s expectations are aligned.
  • Attend the “Being a great mentee” sessions offered by the OFA.

Where will I find mentors?

Over your career you will need diverse mentors. The UMMS has multiple mentoring programs that you can access as well as development programs (such as the Junior Faculty Development Program or Faculty Scholars Program) that have mentorship built into them. Your Division Chief, Department Chair, and the Office of Faculty Affairs can each help identify potential mentors.

If I am still finding it hard to focus on what I need for mentorship, is there any other help at UMMS?

Consider requesting an individual career consultation to provide further clarity in identifying appropriate resources to assist you in reachingyour academic advancement and career transition goals.


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