How to Find Your Mentor: Actions for a Potential Protégé
Assess your competence as a teacher, educational administrator, or researcher.
- Assess/define career goals and your current relationship to them. Consider examples such as:
- To be a successful clerkship director, educational administrator or researcher.
- To obtain funding for research (investigative, basic lab or clinical; clinical care or education).
- To achieve national recognition as an innovative ____________________
Determine which career aspects need refining.
- Determine how to document your achievements.
- Identify specific questions pertaining to the kinds of help you think you need.
Determine the personal and professional qualities you would desire or value in a mentor.
- Look for someone who has existing focuses and interests that match your own.
- Immerse yourself in the network of your institution and national organization.
- Ask peers, chairpersons, and the faculty development office at your institution for recommendations on those who have established success in your area of interest.
Explain why you are approaching someone as a potential mentor.
- Explain your career goals and your current relationship to those goals.
- Explain your current academic role and what you think you might need in terms of advice and guidance.
- Recognize and appreciate a potential mentor’s time and energy.
Source: Farrell et al – Mentoring for Clinician-Educator – Acad Emerg Med. 2004 Dec., 11 (12) 1346-50
How To Find Your Mentor