Have you ever considered being a mentor to younger or less experienced medical professionals? The truth is that there are dozens of young clinicians, technicians, and nurses around you who would love to have guidance and encouragement from a more seasoned colleague.
Mentorship is something that everyone can benefit from, and it can actually have an outsized impact on personal and professional development. In fact, according to Cureus, a survey of medical students revealed that mentorship “impacted their decisions involving rotation choices, residency programs, field of practice, and career trajectory.” Also, 59% said they did not receive enough mentorship in medical school.
Here are five key advantages to becoming a mentor for up-and-coming medical professionals:
- Professional fulfillment. Being a mentor can be personally rewarding. It allows you to pass on your knowledge and experience to the next generation of medical professionals.
- Improving patient outcomes. By mentoring those with less experience, you are helping to improve patient outcomes by ensuring that their healthcare providers are knowledgeable, skilled, and confident in their work.
- Developing leadership skills. Mentoring medical professionals can help you develop your own leadership skills as you provide guidance and support to others.
- Staying up-to-date. You can stay up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in your field as you work with individuals who are just entering the profession.
- Building a professional network. Mentoring can help you build relationships with other medical professionals and organizations, which can be beneficial for your own career advancement and personal growth.
What You Gain from Being a Medical Mentor
When you get to a certain level of experience, it’s easy to forget earlier years when you didn’t know how to do particular things or became nervous in different circumstances. When you interact more personally with younger or less experienced clinicians in a mentorship, you get a chance to see how far you’ve come — and to impart wisdom and confidence to those who are encountering the same struggles you once did.
Mentorship can be very gratifying, especially when you see your mentees overcome challenges with your support. They may follow you into your specialty or excel in their chosen area. The best part is that patients will benefit from your knowledge and experience being passed along to others. Research has shown that when combined with training, mentorship has a greater impact on competency than training alone. Mentorship is also the best way in which ethics, values, and professionalism are passed down to the next cohort in the workplace.
Join Our Team
Are you interested in passing along your skills, knowledge, and experience to others who are up-and-coming? At SpecialtyCare, we pride ourselves in having awesome people in a variety of specialties — and it’s because they share their knowledge that we continue to provide a high level of care throughout our partner hospitals around the country. If you want to be a medical professional of impact and influence for the next generation of clinicians, we want you on our team. Contact us today to learn more!