Everyone has something to offer as a mentor and everyone can benefit from mentoring. A mentor can be a valued guide and inspiration - an invaluable influence on one's professional or personal success. Studies have shown that people who have mentors demonstrate enhanced work and careet satisfaction, improved professional development, enhanced research productivity, better teaching and improved leadership skills.
Purpose and Goals
The Rutgers NJMS Department of Medicine Residency Training Mentoring Program
was developed to promote professional growth and career development among
all resident physicians. While each individual is ultimately responsible
for his/her career development, a specific mentoring program represents
an important resource to aid physicians in their career progression.
The goals of
the mentoring program are to 1) provide access to mentoring for those
who would not otherwise find someone to give them job and career support
and 2) provide guidance to junior physicians about career enhancement
issues from senior physicians.
Benefits of the Mentoring Relationship
- Senior physicians have an opportunity to share their experience
and perspective with someone who could greatly benefit from their
knowledge. It should be a rewarding experience for both parties.
- Mentors will gain the satisfaction of helping a new physician define
and attain goals by identifying options, planning strategies, improving
interpersonal communication, and learning new skills. By motivating
others and utilizing counseling and other management skills, you may
improve your own supervisory skills and learn more about the viewpoint
and opinions of junior physicians. This interaction may also
inspire you to reflect upon your own goals and performance.
- Mentees will obtain guidance in defining and achieving goals, connecting
interpersonally with caring, encouraging senior advisor, receiving
constructive feedback and acquiring objective and credible information.