Ethical Issues of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship

  • Alberto R. FerreresEmail author


Surgery has been traditionally built upon the classical master-apprentice model of learning and training. Though William Halsted deserves the credit for standardizing surgical training with the introduction of the surgical residence at Johns Hopkins, now internationally accepted, mentoring is considered another step in the proficiency of a surgeon, especially those interested in progressing in academic life. Nonetheless the mentor-mentee relationship has important ethical aspects to preclude abuses and sudden interruptions and guarantee the success and progress of the mentees.


Mentorship Surgery Mentor-mentee Surgical ethics Fiduciarism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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