Keck School of Medicine of USC
Mentoring has been one of the greatest joys of my career. Formal or informal (“drive-by-mentoring”) mentoring is fundamental to academic matriculation and personal/professional growth. Many ingredients are essential to a sound, trusting, and productive mentoring relationship. While most define mentoring as the mentor imparting wisdom and knowledge, I find that a solid mentor/mentee relationship is mutually beneficial. Some of the fundamental elements of mentoring include, a trusting/supportive relationship, teaching, listening, sharing, mutual respect, being open and vulnerable/sharing successes and failures, and being personally and professionally reflective. Mentoring requires that both mentor and mentee be committed to personal and career growth. Frankly, engaging in an authentic true mentor/mentee relationship is challenging and requires a significant commitment to push the scientific and personal envelope. Vital to mentoring is encouraging mentees to examine themselves as scientists and to make adjustments to become the very best scientist possible. Sometimes we (faculty) are our biggest barrier. I learn new “things” every day and because of that, I am a life learner, constantly making necessary adjustments to be successful.
I feel very humbled and appreciative that faculty members have trusted me enough to mentor them in clinical research. I am the lucky one every day that has the opportunity to witness the career development of faculty and the mutual fulfillment of our shared career vision. Thank you for allowing me to fulfill my career objectives by sharing my lessons learned. It’s my career aim to pursue my clinical, scientific, and educational interests and by example, inspire, influence, mentor, and contribute.