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Being an Effective Mentee

Some tips on how to get the most out of your mentoring relationship.

  • Schedule regular meetings; Come prepared!
  • Set expectations for the mentoring relationship
  • Be open to feedback and critique
  • Respect the time and other commitments of the mentor—if a meeting gets cancelled YOU should be certain it gets rescheduled
  • Use multiple forms of communication to keep information flowing
  • Keep your commitment to action steps OR be prepared to discuss why you were unable to meet your commitment


Detsky, A et al. 2007. Academic Mentoring—How to Give It and How to Get It. JAMA; 297(19), 2134-6. PMID: 17507350

Zerzan, J et al. 2009. Making the Most of Mentors: A Guide for Mentees. Acad Med; 84(1), 140-4PMID: 19116494