Mentor Expectations

Expectations for Mentors in the Department of Anesthesiology

The mentor will be responsible for carrying out the objectives of the mentoring program within the framework of the overall goals of the Department of Anesthesiology. The mentor is an advisor, guide and confidant.

OBJECTIVE: Complement established orientation program for new faculty.

For new faculty, the mentor will:

  • Contact the mentee within the first week of employment to welcome him/her to the Department of Anesthesiology. Consider doing so with a phone call, visit, note or other personal contact.
  • Set up an initial meeting within the first 2-4 weeks of the mentee's employment. Establish a schedule of meetings to meet quarterly during the first year of employment. Meetings may occur more often, or less during the first year of employment depending on the needs of the mentee.
  • Establish specific goals for the mentor/mentee relationship and steps to reach the goals. Explain what the mentee can expect from the mentor, both professionally and personally.
  • Help the mentee identify and access resources.
  • Help the mentee establish a network of staff relationships within the department, and where appropriate or needed, out campus partners.

OBJECTIVE: Help new staff understand the Department of Anesthesiology and its role on campus relative to partner organizations, i.e., University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Kansas Physicians, and University of Kansas Hospital.

For new faculty, the mentor will:

  • Familiarize the mentee with the Department of Anesthesiology and campus partners - its language and culture. Include a focus on the mission and the role of the department and partners.
  • Assess what the mentee already knows about the department and partners and what questions need to be answered.
  • Assist the mentee in learning about the department and partners. Include strategic plans currently being implemented where applicable.

OBJECTIVE: For existing and new staff, mentors will help staff realize their potential.

The mentor will:

  • Foster a confidential relationship in a safe environment.
  • Schedule and formally meet annually. The annual meeting will occur preferably during the first month of each new academic year to establish specific goals for the coming year, and steps to reach the goals. Additional meetings may be needed and scheduled based on the individual needs of the mentee, and/or the goals established for the year.
  • Create an atmosphere of trust in the mentor/mentee relationship.
  • Be a good listener and take mentee seriously.
  • Where appropriate, advise the mentee in balancing professional, family and personal life.

OBJECTIVE: For existing and new faculty, assist mentees to build helping relationships between peers.

The mentor will:

  • Make referrals to appropriate staff in the department or elsewhere, as needed.
  • Encourage the mentee to work with others in forming partnerships within and outside the department and campus. Establish strategies for accomplishing this goal.
  • Mentors are NOT expected to evaluate a mentee's work, rather, a mentor helps a mentee find resources to receive objective evaluations and feedback on performance.
Last modified: Oct 23, 2012
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