Tips for Mentees

Tips for Mentees in the Department of Anesthesiology

  • Remember that you own your development, your mentor doesn't. It's up to you to identify objectives as well as keep the relationship focused and moving forward.
  • Be prepared to ask for specific advice on your skill set, ideas, plans, and goals. The more specific you are, the easier it will be for your mentor to respond.
  • Use active listening skills in discussions with your mentor. Relax and maintain eye contact, and face the person and open your posture. Paraphrase information conveyed to you to test your understanding, ask for clarification of information that seems vague, request verification of your perceptions, and summarize information discussed to insure comprehension of discussion and establish a basis for future discussions.

TOPICS AND STRATEGIES FOR MENTORING CONVERSATIONS

What follows are suggestions. Mentors are not expected to always be the expert or best source of information on relevant topics. Understanding this, the mentee might ask, "Whom would you approach to find out about...?" or "How do you go about finding the best ideas on ...?" or "What have you learned about...?" Potential topics to discuss with your mentor are noted below.

Teaching

  • Discussing personal/professional goals related to instruction and courses
  • Drafting long-range plans for teaching
  • Evaluating personal goals in relation to teaching

Service

  • Clarifying departmental expectations about service
  • Gaining perspective on committee service with campus partners, and outside our campus
  • Integrating service with clinical and academic interests
  • Making contacts in the department, with on campus partners, and off campus to participate in service activities

Departmental and on campus Relations

  • Meeting faculty from other departments, notably surgery departments
  • Using the mentor as a sounding board about the various roles the mentee is asked to take up as part of departmental and/or campus citizenship
  • Managing sensitive interpersonal exchanges with colleagues
  • Developing an appropriate level of campus visibility

Time Management and clinical service

  • Opportunities to expand clinical skills and/or develop clinical expertise
  • Developing a realistic workload
  • Becoming comfortable saying "No" to requests that take time away from goals
  • Prioritizing career goals and outside opportunities
  • Balancing family and career goals

Research and Publication

  • Identifying possible research/writing projects and the sequence of tackling them
  • Compiling a list of resources to support research, including staff, co-researchers, etc.
  • Setting guidelines for reviewing progress on research endeavors
  • Identifying time for research/writing; using time productively
  • Developing a long-range research/writing plan (topic/questions, proposed studies, intended outcomes, potential funding sources, grand development, timeliness)
  • Discussing an article submitted for publication
Last modified: Oct 23, 2012
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