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What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is an ongoing relationship between two individuals who are committed to improving their professional environment. The mentee is typically a team member or junior colleague and the mentor is more experienced. The mentor is not the same as a supervisor, although one person can serve both roles. Having a mentor is important at any career stage, but particularly during transitions, milestones or any unforeseen change in career goals.

Mentoring is a method to improve hospital culture, productivity, and efficiency. It has been shown to improve communication, promote long-term job satisfaction, and facilitate adoption of best practices. Ultimately, mentoring relationships can lead to improved patient care and overall hospital performance.1