Developing Effective Mentor-Mentee Relationships in Radiology.
J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Feb;15(2):328-333. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2017.10.027. Epub 2017 Dec 28. Perry RE1, Parikh JR2.
Radiologists seek mentors to facilitate career advancement and to help overcome professional and personal challenges. Characteristics of effective mentors include altruism, honesty, active listening skills, a collaborative approach, and accessibility. Characteristics of effective mentees include being respectful of mentors' input and time, being an active listener, and being open to feedback. Radiology departments should consider establishing structured processes for identifying and preparing mentors. Strategies to support mentor-mentee relationships include effective pairing of mentors with mentees, maintenance of confidentiality, clear definition of expectations, voluntary participation, and allowing mentees to change mentors without judgment or repercussions. A culture shift is needed in radiology departments to enable successful mentor-mentee relationships.