Answer to "What is mentoring?" 


Topic Editor: Erik Driessen

A mentor has been defined as ‘a person providing quality support, advice and counselling’, ‘a person who provides guidance and recommendations to a more junior person for courses of action and behaviour’—or even ‘a person who shares experience, knowledge and wisdom about a particular occupation, their occupation or about the workplace in general’ (Memon and Memon 2010).

In literature, the terms coaching, supervision, and mentoring are often used almost interchangeably, which seems quite justified since the tasks of the mentor may indeed involve coaching and supervision (Launer 2006).



Launer J. (2006) Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching: one-to-one learning encounters in medical education. Edinburgh: ASME Understanding Medical Education

Memon B and Memon M (2010) Mentoring and surgical training: a time for reflection! Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract, 15:749–754