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mentoring(1) A process whereby an experienced, highly regarded, empathic person (the mentor) guides another individual (the mentee) in the development and re-examination of his or her own ideas, learning, and personal and professional development. The mentor, who often (but not necessarily always) works in the same organisation or field as the mentee, achieves this by listening and talking in confidence to the mentee.
(2) A semi-structured process by which a more experienced senior doctor or other health professional assists a junior by offering advice, support and encouragement and acting as a role model.
(3) A generic term for the duties and activities carried out by a mentor.