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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • White, HK; Buhr, GT; Pinheiro, SO

Published Date

  • July 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1270 - 1277

PubMed ID

  • 19582901

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-5415

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02300.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States