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Table 2 Ethical concerns at the mentee, mentor, mentoring relationship and host organisation level

From: A systematic scoping review of ethical issues in mentoring in medical schools

Ethical Concerns at the Level of Elaboration References
Mentee • Lack of Motivation [38, 39]
• Poor Collaboration [40, 41]
Mentor • Lapses in Professionalism [42, 43]
• Failure to Acknowledge Mentee’s Contributions [38]
• Lack of Motivation and Commitment [38,39,40, 43,44,45]
• Poor Collaboration [46]
Mentoring Relationship • Power Differentials [47, 48]
• Poor Communication [49]
• Stifling of Mentee Development
• and Competition with Mentee
[38, 45, 50]
• Gender Based Obstacles [38, 40, 46, 48, 51,52,53,54]
• Cultural Differences such as with Minority Groups [38, 48]
• Personality Conflict [33, 45, 46, 50, 55, 56]
• Misalignment of Goals [55]
Host Organisation • Poor Recruitment and Recognition [33, 50, 57, 58]
• Lack of Clear Guidelines [59, 60]
• Poor Oversight and Lack of Assessment [44, 53]
• Lack of Administrative Support such as Provision of Protected Time [33, 40, 43, 44]