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How should I go about finding a mentor?

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 08 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:j5723
  1. Sophia Bourne, careers consultant, British Medical Association

Dear Sophia,

How should I go about finding a mentor?

Rosie Bate, fourth year medical student, University of Leicester

Sophia replies

Mentoring is a supportive professional relationship, where a more experienced colleague (mentor) advises and guides someone who is less experienced (mentee). An effective mentoring relationship is based on trust, and provides a means to explore career pathways, clarify goals, and broaden your knowledge and skills. Mentees also report that having a mentor has helped them grow in confidence and feel more inspired about their career, …

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