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Harvard Professor Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, MPH, PhD, is an internist and social scientist who conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. He is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Medical Sociology in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School; and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
How does academic mentorship work?
Essentially, academic mentorship works a lot like marriage insofar as it’s a two-person “market.” A student cannot just decide to be a mentee, just like I could not simply decide to marry my wife without asking her first. Plus, it takes time and commitment to build a relationship.
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