Lessons from Master Mentors

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Department of Medicine is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 DOM Research Mentoring Awards, which recognize outstanding mentors among our faculty (See full list of award recipients below).

During a recent Medicine Grand Rounds, "Lessons from Master Mentors," award recipients joined colleagues from across the department to share compelling stories of mentorship and strategies that they implement in order to foster strong mentor-mentee relationships and to advocate and train the next generation of physicians.

The recognition event was spearheaded by Kathleen Cooney, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, to illustrate her vision to cultivate an environment of outstanding mentors in the Department. The conversation was moderated by Leonor Corsino, MD, MHS.

During the event, David Edelman, MD, and Tracy Wang, MD, MHS, discussed the importance of asking a new mentee straight forwardly to share what they want to achieve in their career and what are their interests. Doing so, it creates a clear vision and the opportunity to set short, intermediate and long-term goals, they said. 

Schuyler Jones, MD, said that he learned to become a successful mentor by reflecting on his experience as a mentee and identifying the qualities that he liked in his mentors.

"It's really up to the person to develop the desire and interest to be a mentor and then commit to it," Jones said.

"Your mentors should teach you how to mentor people," Edelman said.

The master mentors shared what makes mentoring rewarding to them.

"Mentoring can bring great joy to your work in terms of really helping to grow people's careers and it can also expand your research abilities and research interests," said Megan Clowse, MD, MPH. "With my mentees, I'll let them pick their projects, so they are really invested but that has led me to learn more about different areas and think more broadly about my work, which has enriched my career."

Dr. Wang noted the importance of having enough time to be an effective mentor.

"We need to make sure we're dedicating the time, and we are protecting our time to be able to do mentorship properly in order to enjoy it and have it be rewarding for our mentees," Wang said. "Don't take on too many mentees, otherwise you will spread yourself too thin."

Master mentors

The 2020 Department of Medicine Research Mentoring Award recipients are:

Brent Hanks, MD, PhD (Medical Oncology)
Department of Medicine’s Early Career Research Mentoring Award in Basic/Translational Science
Hear from Dr. Hanks' mentee, Nick Devito

Megan Clowse, MD, MPH (Rheumatology and Immunology)
Department of Medicine’s Early Career Research Mentoring Award in Clinical/Population Health Science
Hear from Dr. Clowse's mentee, Amanda Eudy

Schuyler Jones, MD (Cardiology)
Department of Medicine’s Early Career Research Mentoring Award in Clinical/Population Health Science
Hear from Dr. Jones' mentee, Ajar Kochar

David Edelman, MD (General Internal Medicine)
Department of Medicine’s Career Research Mentoring Award in Clinical/Population Health Science
Hear from Dr. Edelman's mentee, Ranee Montgomery

We also recognized the two Department of Medicine recipients selected by the School of Medicine for their Research Mentoring Awards:

Tracy Wang, MD, MHS, MSc (Cardiology)
Early Career Research Mentoring Award in Clinical/Population Health Science
Hear from Dr. Wang's mentee, Jennifer Rymer

Kenneth Schmader, MD (Geriatrics)
Career Research Mentoring Award in Clinical/Population Health Science