Mentoring in medicine is enormously important. Good mentoring helps premed students in college envision themselves in the medical profession and learn from experienced physicians or researchers. In medical school, mentors help med students learn clinical medicine and focus on specialties of interest which they may want to pursue. Medical school applicants should be mindful of this as they select which med school to attend once the application process is done. MentorCloud is a site on mentoring; you may want to explore it to learn more. Ask med students at the institutions you’re considering whether good mentoring exists at those schools. Ask if they’ve had the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with attending physicians. Ask if they’ve received guidance as to clerkships, rotations at other med schools, and specialty choice.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting