Mentoring I: Mentoring Relationships--An Overview

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Mentorship

This short module is designed to help you understand the key concept of mentorship, the potential benefits of mentorship and the unique impact that mentorship in academic medicine can have for the mentee, the mentor and the academic institution. In this module the FIVE major types of mentoring are defined and contrasted. The important differences and links between coaching and mentoring are explored and the power of mentorship for improving the effectiveness of faculty and institutions in academic medicine are reviewed. We expect that this overview will help you better understand your role in mentee-mentor relationships and prepare you for the three subsequent modules [Mentoring II, III and IV] that will further your appreciation and ability in this most powerful practice! Finally, our conceptual framework is that mentoring well, for both the mentee (protégé) and the mentor, is not an intuitive natural process but one that can be better developed by understanding the concepts (knowledge) and being able to deliver the best practices (skills). We hope you will see improvement in your mentoring ability as a result of completing this and our other short mentorship modules.


E. Christopher Ellison, MD

E. Christopher Ellison MD is The Ohio State University College of Medicine Distinguished Professor and the Robert M. Zollinger Professor of Surgery . His primary administrative role is the CEO of the Faculty Group Practice and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs of the College of Medicine. In the latter capacity he oversees the faculty mentoring program for the college. He is a practicing general surgeon in an academic setting.

His research interests include pancreatic disease, hepatic cancer, wound healing, and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.  He has published over 140 peer reviewed articles. He is co-author with Robert M. Zollinger Jr. of the 9th Edition of Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operations, which was published in the fall of 2010.

More recently his primary interests include issues involving the future of general surgery and the medical workforce, faculty retention and talent management and physician leadership.  He is co-author of a book entitled “The Coming Shortage of Surgeons,” which defines the impending shortage of surgeons in multiple specialties, including general surgery, the access problems this may create and adjusting surgical training to meet the workforce needs.

Dr. Ellison is a recent past president of the Central Surgical Association, the Ohio Chapter president and governor-at-large of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  He currently serves as the Chair of ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery and the Chair of the Advisory Council Chairs. He is actively involved with the ACS Transition to Practice Program serving on its oversight committee. He also serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Surgery and as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

John D. Mahan, MD

Dr. Mahan is a Professor of Pediatrics in the OSU College of Medicine and serves as Director for the Center for Faculty Development at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics.  He practices as a Pediatric Nephrologist and continues to serve as Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/OSU, Columbus, Ohio and Director for Education in the OSU College of Medicine Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement (FAME).

In addition to serving as Senior Editor for the FD4ME since 2010, through FAME oversees a team of medical educators devoted to promoting best educational practices in medicine, online faculty development through FD4ME, and contributing to medical education innovation and scholarship. He has presented on medical education topics at workshops and symposia at the annual AAMC, ACGME, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Association of Pediatric Program Directors Meeting, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Meeting, American Society of Nephrology Meeting, International Pediatric Nephrology Association and the Annual Dialysis Conference. 

He was a member of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations Strategic Visioning Summit (2013) and is a recipient of the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award (2013) and the OSU College of Medicine Faculty Teaching Award (2006).  He was elected to the Alpha Omega Honor Society (Drexel University) (2012) and Arthur Gold Humanism Society (2013).  He was recipient of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Career Achievement Award (2014).  He also serves as Chair of the Editorial Board to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pedialink, the online portal to AAP education and educational resources.


  1. Define mentorship in academic medicine.
  2. List six different types of mentors in academic medicine.
  3. Differentiate between mentoring and coaching.
  4. Explain how mentorship can be important in success for faculty and academic medical institutions.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.