What to Look for in a Mentor

It is not extensive knowledge of mentoring that makes a good mentor — it is the person's individual characteristics. A good mentor is:

  • Honest
  • Motivated
  • Authentic
  • A good listener
  • Collaborative
  • Discreet
  • Generous
  • Accessible
  • A good communicator
  • Well-regarded

In addition, look for someone who:

You may have a more successful mentoring experience if you choose someone with the same clinical, educational or research interests, personal characteristics, or background. However, don't limit yourself to just those factors. Your ideal mentor may be someone of a different gender or ethnicity, or even from a different area on campus.

Remember, a good mentor wants you to succeed and will actively support your success both with words and actions.