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Mentoring

Mentoring COMMENTARY What’s in a Name? portant for professional and personal development but that Dario Sambunjak, MD cannot provide some crucial mentoring functions such as Ana Marusˇic´, MD, PhD sponsorship, protection, and promotion of visibility. The dyadic form is a major structural feature of the relation- ANY INDIVIDUALS MAY KNOW THAT MENTOR IS ship, although at any one point, individuals can receive par- a character from The Odyssey, but perhaps only ticular mentoring functions from many different persons in a few are aware that, according to Homer’s epic their developmental networks and even participate in more Mpoem, it is not Mentor who fulfills the duty than one mentoring dyad. of advisor and guardian to Odysseus’ son Telemachus. Rather, Mentoring is established formally (assigned) or infor- it is Pallas Athene, the goddess of wisdom, who takes Men- mally (unassigned) and is initiated by either the mentor or tor’s form and actually does the job of helping the young the mentee. Some studies suggest that informal mentoring 1 5 man. As if cursed by Dionysus, the god of illusion, the term is more effective than a formal relationship, but it is pos- mentor continues to be the source of confusion to this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2009.1858
pmid
20009061
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Abstract

COMMENTARY What’s in a Name? portant for professional and personal development but that Dario Sambunjak, MD cannot provide some crucial mentoring functions such as Ana Marusˇic´, MD, PhD sponsorship, protection, and promotion of visibility. The dyadic form is a major structural feature of the relation- ANY INDIVIDUALS MAY KNOW THAT MENTOR IS ship, although at any one point, individuals can receive par- a character from The Odyssey, but perhaps only ticular mentoring functions from many different persons in a few are aware that, according to Homer’s epic their developmental networks and even participate in more Mpoem, it is not Mentor who fulfills the duty than one mentoring dyad. of advisor and guardian to Odysseus’ son Telemachus. Rather, Mentoring is established formally (assigned) or infor- it is Pallas Athene, the goddess of wisdom, who takes Men- mally (unassigned) and is initiated by either the mentor or tor’s form and actually does the job of helping the young the mentee. Some studies suggest that informal mentoring 1 5 man. As if cursed by Dionysus, the god of illusion, the term is more effective than a formal relationship, but it is pos- mentor continues to be the source of confusion to this

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 16, 2009

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