Responsibilities of the Mentor
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced person helps to guide a less experienced or knowledgeable person. The mentor in surgery is typically a qualified surgeon assigned to a more junior trainee. The trainee can be a medical student, a resident, a fellow, or a junior faculty. In surgery the mentor himself is defined by unique and personal traits of a nonhierarchical quality relationship. The mentor will trigger motivation (interests), inspiration (internal energy), and resilience in the mentee. This chapter will define the active (interventional) and passive (behavioral) responsibilities of the mentor. The mentor himself expands the horizons of the mentee and opens new doors. He transmits himself and projects qualities that will energize the mentee in his/her academic pursuit.
KeywordsMentorship Medical student Resident Fellow Junior faculty Surgeon
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