Category Archives: Cases

Case: “More of Everything”: Mentoring Around Identity Assumptions

Key Phrases: Racial bias and assumptions in identities Isolation experience of minorities Gabriel is a third-year medical student beginning his clinical rotations in a weekly longitudinal clinic with Suzanne, a general internist who is an active leader in the clerkship. … Continue reading

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Case: Mentoring Leadership in Your Career

Key Phrases: Advocating for your mentee Encouraging  mentee independence Authorship expectations in a mentoring relationship Lisa is a productive Assistant Professor in your department. Her technical/research mentor is Charles, a departmental professor and senior investigator who has a large and … Continue reading

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Case: The Transition to a New Mentor

Key Phrases: Transitioning a Mentoring Relationship Long‐distance Mentoring Technical vs. Developmental Networking Emily just completed a clinical fellowship. Her mentor was Judith, with whom she worked on a very productive clinical research project during her fellowship. She had accepted a … Continue reading

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Case: The Overconfident but Unproductive Mentee

Key Phrases: Feedback when the mentee feels entitled to what hasn’t been earned Feedback when the mentee underestimates the feedback given Case Scenarios a) Your mentee wants you to get her appointed to a committee in your national specialty society. … Continue reading

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Case: Common Interests, Uncommon Experiences

Key Phrases: Making difference discussable Implicit and explicit assumptions about identity Consuela was eager to meet Andrew, the division chief who had agreed to become her mentor in her first faculty position at BWH.  Consuela was born in Mexico, where … Continue reading

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Case: Leadership and Environmental Changes

Key Phrases: Intergenerational Mentoring Establishing Work/Family Boundaries Evaluating Work Ethic With the retirement of a long‐standing division chief of a small division in your department, Robert, a clinically accomplished clinician who graduated from his residency 6 years ago and was … Continue reading

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Cases: Mentoring Across Differences

Several cases are available to cover the multitude of situations included in mentoring across differences. Cross-racial and Cultural Differences Common Interests, Uncommon Experiences More of Everything: Mentoring around Identity Assumptions Isolation in the Lab Gender Differences Assumptions in Mentoring Faculty with … Continue reading

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Case: The Mentee without Insight

Key Phrases: Mutual communication skills Giving feedback in the absence of direct observation Feedback when the mentee is competent yet lacks personal insight Case Scenarios a) You’ve been working with your mentee for the past few months, and things seem … Continue reading

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Case: Isolation in the Lab

Key Phrases: Multicultural Communications Unconscious Bias Bill, an African American physician recently hired after completion of his residency at an outside institution, was interested in joining a research lab. Wong‐Li, an Associate  Professor in the department, was assigned to be … Continue reading

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Case: Generational Sensitivity in Leadership Transitions

Key Phrases: Generational Sensitivity Leadership Transitions Succession Planning Work/Family Boundaries Evaluating Work Ethic Mark’s Perspective Mark is a 40-year-old general surgeon who has served as the Assistant Residency Program Director for the past three years. He is an active clinician … Continue reading

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