Mentoring during the COVID-19 pandemic (Nature)

April 26, 2020

Colleagues facing closed labs and enforced social distancing need a different type of support. Mentors must change their approach, says Ruth Gotian.

The coronavirus outbreak has left many of us feeling frightened, worried and overwhelmed. This is affecting people in different ways, but concerns relating to a lack of focus or productivity are not uncommon. Mentors should always provide a support system for trainees and encourage them to prioritize their health above their productivity: especially in testing times such as these. We must reimagine how we mentor in a time of closed laboratories, depleted and stressed health-care colleagues and social distancing.

Here are six tips to optimize your mentoring and lab leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on my nearly three decades of experience in higher and medical education and my current role as assistant dean for mentoring at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.  Read more.