Lead Mentor Program

The Lead Mentor Program is designed to build a community of outstanding mentors in our institution, and to assist OHSU units in creating effective mentoring programs for their faculty.


Getting started in and coursing through the academic terrain can be difficult. We believe that the key to successfully navigating the landscape is mentorship. Effective mentoring can mean the difference between reaching independence and missing the mark.

This web site serves as a centralized resource for mentees and mentors at every stage. Whether you are just getting started or are looking for ways to get more out of the mentoring relationship, you will find learning opportunities and resources to help you on your way. We have tools to enhance your mentoring experience -- whether you are a mentor or mentee in an educational or research setting.


Mentoring is an important component of developing and sustaining a satisfying professional career. Mentoring enables each of us to grow, learn, transform, and accomplish goals in education, clinical practice, or research. Are you interested in learning more about being a mentor or mentee?  We have tips and advice to get started.

  • Why mentor?
  • Establishing a mentoring relationship
  • Tips for mentors and mentees


"Ecologists tell us that a tree planted in a clearing of an old forest will grow more successfully than one planted in an open field.  The reason, it seems, is that the roots of the forest tree are able to follow the intricate pathways created by former trees and thus imbed themselves more deeply. This literally enables stronger trees to share resources with the weaker so that the whole forest becomes healthier.  Similarly, human beings thrive best when we grow in the presence of those who have gone before."  

Parks Daloz