ERIC Number: EJ1123340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
What Makes Informal Mentorship in the Medical Realm Effective?
Mohtady, Heba A.; Könings, Karen D.; van Merriënboer, Jeroen J. G.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v24 n4 p306-317 2016
Informal mentoring is based on a natural match between a junior individual and a senior one who share mutual interests. It usually aids in the professional and personal development of both parties involved. We reviewed the literature regarding factors that make informal mentoring effective within the medical realm, by searching a major academic search engine, Web of Knowledge, for the term "informal mentor". Our main research questions concerned the factors that lead to a successful informal mentorship process. A salient finding arising is that the success of informal mentorships hinges on the communication skills of mentor and protégé, their level of commitment, and the chemistry between the partakers. Good informal mentorships impose requirements on both mentors and protégés and rest on shared expectations.
Descriptors: Mentors, Individual Development, Professional Development, Search Engines, Interpersonal Communication, Expectation, Role, Barriers, Individual Characteristics, Medical Education, Health Personnel, Literature Reviews
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