NOT QUITE A MARRIAGE; BUT CLOSE!
A practical guide to the mentoring relationship.
By Bree Montana, DVM, VIN Foundation Vets4Vets® Program Leader
TYPICAL MENTOR CONCERNS
- I don’t have enough experience to be a mentor.
- I don’t have enough time to be a mentor.
- I don’t know how far to go with mentoring; how much depth do I give?
- I need a mentor and worry that I won’t get the support I need.
MENTORING BILL OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- You have the right to actively and openly engage and interact with your mentor on a regular basis.
- You have the responsibility to do so at least monthly. These meetings may be in person, via telephone, or by internet.
- You are responsible for developing your medical and surgical skills as well as caseload.
- You have the right to ask for help while building autonomy.
- You are responsible for maintaining a professional and supportive relationship within the practice – both with your support team as well as your hospital’s ownership team.
- You are responsible for approaching your mentoring experience as an educational opportunity which will aid in your learning and developing as a veterinary practitioner.
- You have the right to pursue continual education with the goal of enhancing your medical and surgical skills as well as building your hospital’s client base.
- You are responsible for advising and guiding your new associate. This will include teaching, coaching, and simply listening.
- You have the responsibility to meet with your associate at least monthly. These meetings may be in person, via telephone, or by internet.
- You have the right to set protocols and rules in your hospital in order that patient care may be provided in a safe, appropriate, and cost-effective fashion.
- You have the right and responsibility to provide candid, honest and supportive appraisal of medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment plans, while supporting your associate’s developing skill sets.
- You have the right to learn as well as develop new techniques and treatment protocols with your associate. You and your associate are encouraged to grow and learn together, creating a partnership that is stronger than either of you were individually.
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