Mentoring: a key strategy to prepare the next generation of physicians to care for an aging America

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jul;57(7):1270-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02300.x.


Mentoring is an important instructional strategy that should be maximally used to develop the next generation of physicians who will care for a growing population of frail older adults. Mentoring can fulfill three specific purposes: (1) help learners choose an area of specialty, (2) help fellows and new faculty navigate advancement in the academic environment, and (3) help new physicians enter a local medical community and develop a high-quality, professionally rewarding, financially viable practice that meets the needs of older adults. The components and process of mentoring are reviewed. Current and potential mechanisms to promote mentoring for the specific purpose of increasing the quality and quantity of physicians available to care for the older adult population are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Geriatrics / education*
  • Humans
  • Mentors*
  • Role
  • United States