The success of a mentoring relationship requires that the mentee take responsibility for establishing his/her personal goals, for setting each meeting agenda, and for attending their scheduled meetings.
As mentoring sessions directly benefit the mentee, it’s crucial the mentee understand the importance of including topics that will help achievement of personal goals.
Prior to each meeting, the agenda should be carefully planned to ensure it meets the mentee’s goals and needs. The mentee should also be an active listener to ensure they understand the points made and by asking for specific examples when necessary.
Mentees should seek feedback from the mentor and take action on the recommendations received. When necessary, the mentee should make suggestions to the mentor of how the mentoring process could be improved. It is far better to raise issues of concern early than to let them simmer to the point of distrust or anger.
The benefit of being the mentee is personal academic achievement through attaining goals and expectations. Mentees will acquire a greater understanding of the culture of their departments and colleges, better understand how to be successful clinician- educators or investigators, and attain additional skills as future leaders.