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Mentoring Matters

"Mentors are guides.  They lead us along the journey of our lives.  We trust them because they have been there before.  They embody our hopes, cast light on the way ahead, interpret arcane signs, warn us of lurking dangers and point out unexpected delights along the way.” 

L.A. Daloz

 

Mentoring matters for our faculty, our departments, and our institution.

In academic medicine, mentoring attends to two dimensions:  career-advancement interventions and social-psychological support.  Mentoring is shown to influence career success, satisfaction, and productivity, thus enhancing the institution’s investment, retention rates, and reputation.  It can mean the difference between success and failure for early career faculty, who are searching for guidance, a sense of belonging, and confidence in their academic journey.