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Br Dent J. 2019 Aug;227(4):257-258. doi: 10.1038/s41415-019-0616-9.

Mentoring: are you being or doing? That is the question.

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Dentalia Coaching and Training Consultancy, Park Lane Cottage, Park Lane, Watford Village, Northampton, UK.


Mentoring is finally coming into its own. The signs are good: the General Dental Council thinks it's important; the British Dental Association thinks it's important; and the royal colleges, Health Education England and local dental committees have all stated that they support mentoring and mentors as beneficial and important. Confidence levels are rising that mentoring is something all dental professionals would benefit from. In this piece I would like to encourage all dental professionals not to view mentoring as something that needs to be an 'add on' or something extra but something that is intrinsic to what and who we are. If we can move away from 'doing' mentoring to 'being' mentors, we will all gain and all aspects of our professional life can be enriched.


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