Better Mentors

Mentorship is a critical aspect of training in medicine but generational differences can lead to conflict and unproductive relationships—a huge detriment considering millennials will comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025.

Understanding and accepting professional and personal differences between millennials (collaborative and empowered, but often perceived as distracted and lazy) and older generations (experienced and process-oriented, but often perceived as highly structured and inflexible) can help to avoid conflicts and facilitate mutually beneficial working relationships. Solutions include micromentoring (frequent, short meetings), reverse mentoring (allowing millenials to provide ideas to experienced colleagues) and mentorship teams with diverse, collaborative members.

JAMA

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