Mentoring in Rheumatology

  • Yasser El Miedany


Statistics say that we spend about 80% of our time communicating during any given day. It is likely that we spend much of that time puzzled about the perceptions, views and responses coming from our mentees or mentors (e.g. What is this meeting about? Why are we meeting now? What am I expected to do? What planet is my senior/junior colleague from?). It is to minimize this puzzlement that mentorship has booked its place in medicine in general and rheumatology in particular.

Medical students, trainees, research fellows and junior faculty all benefit from the direction provided by academic mentors and research supervisors. The literature contains numerous reports on the importance of mentorship in helping facilitate the future success of medical trainees, documenting benefits such as more productive research careers, greater career satisfaction, better preparation in making career decisions, networking within a profession and aiding in stress management. This chapter describes several key points about mentoring in medicine and its role in developing rheumatology career. It will address the complexity and challenges as well as examples of problems solving in medical mentoring.


Mentoring Medicine and mentoring Academic mentoring Rheumatology mentoring Career mentoring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasser El Miedany
    • 1
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  1. 1.King’s College London, Darent Valley HospitalDartfordUK
  2. 2.Rheumatology and RehabilitationAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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