Developing a mentoring program in clinical nutrition

Robert G. Martindale, Stephen McClave, Daren Heyland, David August

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Abstract

Mentoring programs in nutrition are essential to the survival of clinical nutrition as we know it today. The best method known to maintain an influx of talent to a discipline is by developing an active mentoring program. This paper describes 1 concept for development of a viable mentor program. Mentoring should be flexible and based on mentees' training background. Realistic goals should be set, with written and verbal feedback, to sustain a successful program. Programs should incorporate the Socratic Method whenever possible. Factors that leave doubt about the survival of nutrition as a viable area of focus for physicians include the inability to generate adequate funds to support oneself and limited numbers of mentors available with dedicated time to be a mentor. A healthy, sustainable mentoring program in clinical nutrition will ensure survival of physician-based nutrition programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Volume34
Issue number6 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Keywords

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Mentoring
  • Nutrition fellowship
  • Nutrition sustainability
  • Training

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