Project-Based Mentoring

Hello all from sunny San Diego.
One of the most interesting mentoring ideas I have heard so far at the AAMC conference is project-based mentoring. Junior faculty identify a project they are interested in (applying for a research grant, trying a new teaching technique) and the office of faculty affairs finds a senior faculty member who would be interested in assisting them with the project. The pairs are expected to meet regularly and report to the office of faculty affairs at the beginning, middle and end of the project. Project timelines are identified at the beginning of the project. The mentoring process is then evaluated on the basis of the final product that results.
This type of mentoring is probably one of the easiest to implement because the product (the project) is very clear from the very beginning. Mentor, mentee and institution have a build in mechanism for evaluating the process based on their progress.

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