The Significance of Mentorship

  • Gezzer OrtegaEmail author
  • Margaret S. Pichardo


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.


Mentorship Academic medicine Mentor Sponsor Coach Advisor Mentee Medical training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Howard University College of MedicineWashington, DCUSA
  4. 4.Yale School of Public HealthNew HavenUSA

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