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Med Teach. 2020 Feb;42(2):228-230. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2019.1671967. Epub 2019 Oct 10.

WOMENtorship: The #WomenInMedicine perspective.

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Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.
Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA.
Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.
Research Family Medicine Residency, Kansas City, MO, USA.
Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Cellular Therapy, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.


Mentorship is essential for career development, personal development, and job satisfaction for physicians in academic medicine. Women in academic medicine face unique challenges including significant gender disparities in positions of leadership as well as difficulty finding mentors. As leaders in academic medicine, we have collated several structured recommendations for physicians of both genders seeking to be better mentors to female trainees and early career physicians. We discuss each of these recommendations in detail including the following: acknowledging your own strengths and limitations as a mentor, addressing issues of work-life integration, helping your mentee set long-term career goals, and acting as a sponsor as well as a mentor. We hope these suggestions are helpful for current and aspiring mentors and provide a platform to improve career development for female physicians and reduce gender inequities in academic medicine.

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