Mentoring at Harvard Medical School

Fostering a culture of mentorship, achieving excellence, advancing careers

Mentorship is important for achieving success in academic medicine as well as in the biomedical, basic and social sciences. Effective mentorship plays a critical role in the professional growth and development of junior faculty, trainees and students. Mentorship is important across the continuum in academic medicine and is a key component to advancement. Through mentorship individuals are provided with an opportunity to receive guidance, advice, and nurturing from an experienced mentor.  This often results in increased productivity, career satisfaction, and retention. Mentoring can take different forms such as team-based mentoring, functional mentoring, peer mentoring, or development networks.

In 2009, the HMS Task Force on Faculty Development and Diversity was convened to define and prioritize the faculty development and diversity needs within the Harvard Medical School community with the goal of creating a vibrant and diverse community of faculty and trainees. The report entitled A Framework for Action outlines the primary recommendations of the Task Force and includes a recommendation to enhance the climate for mentoring across all of Harvard Medical School. DICP was charged with leading this effort.

Mentoring Perspectives: Tips for Mentees

This video series offers perspectives for mentees on commonly asked questions. This series features Harvard Medical School faculty noted for their exceptional mentoring.

Additional videos with perspectives on mentoring are available online.


How do I stay productive and on the right track with a mentor who is very busy and doesn't seem to have time for me?

Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry

Mark Puder, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery

What should I do when my mentors give me conflicting advice?

Mark Puder, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery

Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry.

Ask the Mentor: Tips for Mentors

This series offers mentors advice on commonly asked questions  and features Harvard Medical School faculty noted for their exceptional mentoring.

Mentor Training

Mentoring enhances professional development across the continuum in academic medicine. Mentorship skills are learned through observation, experience and training. Training is available to support and assist individuals at all stages and across disciplines to become more effective mentors.  Learn more about mentor training programs available online.

Mentoring Resources

The most successful and mutually rewarding mentoring relationships are a two-way street. There are a variety of resources available to enhance mentoring relationships. This website hosts centralized resources for mentors and mentees at any stage of career development.

Learn more about:


For more information, please contact:

Terésa J. Carter
Program Manager for Career Development
Tel: 617-432-4697