15 tips for being an ideal mentor or mentee.
No accomplished radiologist reaches the peak of performance without guidance from others who have more experience and wisdom. That’s why the mentor-mentee relationship is so critical – but merely asking for or agreeing to be a mentor isn’t enough. Both parties must be invested for the partnership to be fruitful.
In a session during the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, both Eliot Siegel, M.D., professor of diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine, as well as vice chair of information systems at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Omer Awan, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine, discussed what it takes to be a successful mentor and a great mentee.
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They offered 15 tips that can help set these partnership off on the right foot.
Maximize the Mentor Role
“The most satisfying thing in my career has been serving as mentor to more than 100 mentees from the high school level to the attending physician level,” Siegel said.
Along the way, he said, he has picked up 10 tips that are a critical part of being an effective mentor.
Be the Great Mentee
Having an outstanding mentor is only part of the recipe for a successful mentor relationship. Mentees carry responsibilities, as well, Awan said. He offered these five tips to help mentees maximize their role.