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Mentoring: Creating a Successful Partnership

This course will describe what mentorship is and what it is not and differentiate mentoring from coaching, both of which are leadership tools. In this presentation, characteristics of effective mentors, roles and responsibilities of both mentees and mentors, and benefits of being a mentee and a mentor will be discussed and how mentorship benefits organizations. It will also cover key components of effective mentorship. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to self-assess their readiness for mentorship and will be given tips when “things go wrong”.


Upon completion of this self-study course, participants will be able to:
  • Define mentorship.
  • Discuss what it is and what it is not.
  • Differentiate mentoring from coaching.
  • Explore the characteristics, roles, and responsibilities of a mentor and a mentee.
  • Consider the benefits of being a mentor & mentee.
  • Self-assess the participant’s readiness for mentorship.
  • Discuss the importance of mentorship to the organization.
  • Apply the essential components of a successful relationship in creating an effective partnership.
  • Practice the skills to become a prepared and empowered mentee and an effective mentor.
  • Communicate effectively in addressing challenges when they occur.
  • Bring the mentoring relationship to closure.


ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One and one half (1.5) P.A.C.E.® contact hours and one and one half (1.5) Florida credit hours in the area General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.


Connie R. Mahon, M.S. MT(ASCP)
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Integrative Health Sciences Department
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The George Washington University
Washington, DC


This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health, and academic settings.