Choosing a Good Scientific Mentor and Being a Good Mentee

  • Mark L. Kovler
  • David J. HackamEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


Being a good mentor is complicated requiring time and effort. The benefits gained from serving as a mentor should not be understated as many times, the mentor is credited for the success of mentees. However, this should not discount the role of the mentee. Being a good mentee also requires time, effort, and thought. Here we will describe the critical elements of being a mentor and mentee.


Surgeon-scientist Mentorship Mentor Mentee Generosity Academic surgery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of SurgeryJohns Hopkins Children’s Center, Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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