The Traits of a True Mentor
Date: February 21, 2012
In her February 7 The New York Times article, "What Doctors Can Learn From Musicians", medical doctor Danielle Ofri offers the term "coach" for what I believe are the traits of a true mentor--one who gives "...unflinchingly honest criticism, laced with an unfailing optimism."
Dr. Offri writes, "In music, plateaus are flatly unaccepted. When complacency creeps into my cello practice, my teacher exhorts me, 'If you aren’t improving, you are getting worse!' " The article explores the question for the medical profession, "Could a medical coach [similar to the author's musical coach/teacher] bring back the intellectual vibrancy from medical school days...?"