New Physician Assimilation: The Role of Mentoring

  • Malcolm B. Herring
  • Rachel Forbes Kaufman


Physicians who are joining a medical staff are at an ideal point in their career to re-evaluate their goals and practices. Mentoring is an excellent tool to help them achieve balance and well-being throughout their professional lives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malcolm B. Herring
    • 1
  • Rachel Forbes Kaufman
    • 2
  1. 1.Physician Formation ConsultingMidwayUSA
  2. 2.Forbes Well-Being Advisors/The Medical Practitioner Retirement InstituteEvansvilleUSA

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