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Mentorship Program

The PSRC Mentorship Program connects Research Council members to facilitate an incredible mentorship experience for mentors and mentees! The program is a 1-year time commitment and available to PSRC members. Pairs work together throughout the year connecting at affiliated meetings when possible with continuous communication by email and phone. You must be a PSRC Member to participate in this program, as it is a membership benefit. .

The 2022-2023 Mentorship Program application is now closed.

The Mentorship Program will offer the following options for the 2022-2023 cycle:


To make the most of your mentor or mentee experience, see this list of recommendations from Dr. David Larson.

Characteristics of Good Mentoring
  • Provides challenges: gives "stretch" perspectives and assignments (go beyond "comfort" zone)
  • Accurate diagnoses and assessment of needs
  • Reflective- guide rather than tell or dictate (don't expect that advice will be taken)
  • Possesses respect and patience
  • Shows sincere care and concern
  • Spends time: preparing, meeting, and follow up
  • Inspires by example
  • Facilitates learning
  • Develops skills and capacities
  • Teaches, as needed and desired
  • Challenge: projecting own qualities onto others- don’t look to generate a clone
Guidelines in Mentoring
  • Picking the right person (mentee driven)
  • Listening rather than lecturing
  • Can't allow mentee to leverage the mentor to gain advantage
  • Don't use mentoring as a disciplinary tool (e.g. "keeping tabs" on residents/faculty)
  • Don't gossip
  • Improve dialogue and conversation skills and styles
  • Socratic questioning (i.e. "Talk me through your thinking")
  • Listening (we really don't do this very well)
  • Offer options (not necessarily solutions)
  • Don't give the answer, teach "how to think"
  • Goes beyond teaching, it shows the mentee what they already know
Mentee Responsibilities
  • Work with mentors to establish a schedule of regular meetings
  • Allow sufficient time to ask questions and discuss issues openly
  • Arrive/be available promptly to all appointments
  • Share information and ideas
  • Continuously seek feedback in order to understand and clarify issues or questions
  • Listen nondefensively, accepting constructive ideas for change and how their actions affect others
  • Take the initiative to make things happen
  • Keep the mentor informed of academic progress/difficulties
Features to Consider in a Mentor
  • Seek individuals who can provide you with honest guidance regarding your career development
  • You need someone who will give you honest and constructive critiques of your work
  • Someone with whom you have a common interest (e.g., clinical research, education, administration, teaching)

Mentor of the Year

2020 Bernard Lee, MD and Susan Mackinnon, MD
2019 Arun K. Gosain, MD
2018 W.P Andrew Lee, MD