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Mentees and mentors: 3 resources to help you make the most of your relationship

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What does the latest research say about mentees and mentors, specifically in academic medicine, and how can you make the most of your mentor-mentee relationship? Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS) Director Vidhya Prakash, MD, shares three new resources to aid you in your journey to becoming a seasoned mentor or mentee.

Making the Most of Mentors: A Guide for Mentees by Zerzan et al:

Prakash: "This guide provides a great overview of the concept of 'managing up' where a mentee takes responsibility for his or her part in the mentorship relationship. There is a very helpful checklist on page 141 for mentees to create a successful mentorship relationship."

Mentoring in Academic Medicine: The Current State of Practice and Evidence-based Alternatives by Fox et al:

Prakash: "Mentoring in Academic Medicine is a great summary of the major reasons why mentoring matters including positive impact on faculty satisfaction, productivity and retention. There is a great 'Do’s and Don’ts'  checklist for mentors in this article."

Emory University School of Medicine Department of Medicine Mentoring Toolkit:

Prakash: "While this document is fairly specific to Emory University’s mentoring program, there are great checklists for choosing a mentor, characteristics of a mentee, a mentee’s roles and responsibilities, characteristics of a mentor and a mentor’s roles and responsibilities."

Do you have a resource others might find helpful as a mentee or mentor? Share your ideas with the AWIMS Career and Mentorship team at

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