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Dr Kamal Mahtani, GP Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford, discusses the importance of mentoring in clinical academic careers, and what makes for good mentors and receptive mentees.

Dr Mahtani’s BMJ blog on evidence-based mentoring for aspiring academics highlights the importance of mentoring in clinical academic careers.

It draws on the legacy of David Sackett, one of the fathers of evidence-based medicine, who ‘saw effective mentoring as an essential component in the development of future leaders of clinical research’.

The blog highlights evidence about what makes for a good mentor and a receptive mentee, and describes David Sackett’s approach to mentoring as recalled by two of his mentees.

Read the blog