The significance of mentorship

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In this chapter, we highlight the importance of mentorship in the pursuit of a career in academic medicine, describe the role of mentors, sponsors and coaches/advisors, provide evidence-based tools to help you identify a mentor and establish effective mentoring relationships, and discuss the key components that are essential in the maintenance of a mentor-mentee relationship. We end this chapter with a discussion of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandates on mentorship as a requirement for all accredited medical training institutions. We present you with a description of potential challenges that mentor-mentee relationships may face. Lastly, we discuss the cycle of mentorship for the purpose of expanding growth and the constant support to students interested in academic medicine.

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