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

Being a mentor brings many benefits to the mentor as well as the mentee. In academic medicine, the ability to pass on knowledge and skills is a deeply satisfying accomplishment that takes your expertise forward not just to the mentee but also into generations to come. Mentorship can be shared or individual and take place in many venues such as a formal or informal facilitator to a peer mentoring group, as a one year onboarding mentor, as a one on one mentor in the lab or in clinics or the Operating Room, as part of an ongoing research development seminar or as a sponsor to connect your mentee to others locally, nationally, or internationally. Passing on knowledge and skills to others is one of the true joys of academic lives.

Mentors can be coaches, tutors, counselors, sponsors—or combinations of more than one of these. In entering into a mentoring relationship, it is important to be clear about expectations:

  • what roles the mentee thinks you will fulfill
  • the expectations, goals and objectives that your mentee has.
  • A Mentoring agreement makes sure those expectations are clear on both sides.
  • Listening and Feedback both ways help secure the relationship

What are my strengths as a Mentor and how can I continue to improve?

  • Consider attending a “Mentor orientation” to learn more about types of mentoring
  • Use the resources of the mentoring website
  • Ask for feedback from your mentees

What is important to make a mentor/ mentee relationship work and what do I do if it is not working?

The Office of Faculty Affairs is committed to make sure that all faculty have access to quality mentoring if they want this. A critical part of this is supporting our mentors in achieving the goals and objectives of the mentee and continually improving their skills. Ongoing programs for advanced mentoring skills are offered occasionally. However, the professional staff of the OFA are all seasoned mentors and happy to brainstorm options and solutions with faculty to mentoring issues.