n South African Medical Journal - A pillar of academic and research excellence : the enduring influence of mentorship in science : legacy

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Regardless of one's focus in science, instilled intellectual honesty and rigour are the fruits of proper mentoring. The importance of intellectual rigour through one's period of training - by example - cannot be overstated. Proper mentoring includes not only the ethically correct application of learned skills, but, at least as importantly, collegiality through respectful and honourable conduct, and of friendship through a shared set of values and interests aligned with the pursuit of intellectual honesty.

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