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SEP 2018

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medestheticsmagazine.com | SEPTEMBER 2018 43 As she discovered early in her career, mentors can provide valuable counsel and expose you to new opportunities— especially during times of transition, whether from medical school to residency, residency to employment, or employ- ment to practice ownership. Several studies have shown that residents and physicians who have mentors are more confi dent and engaged in their careers, make better decisions and have an increased de- sire to pursue their fi eld of choice*. Mentors can also help new physicians navigate the daunting task of setting up and managing a successful practice, and help more established physicians keep pace with technological changes. "The business-related parts of medicine are not taught in medical school," says Danielle DeLuca-Pytell, MD, a board- certifi ed plastic surgeon in Troy, Michigan. "That's a giant hole that you can't fi ll with your medical education. People that have been in the business of medicine can really help." Read on to learn what a mentor can do for you—and how to start and maintain a mentoring relationship. Mentorship Models Traditionally, physicians would have one mentor who helped guide them in their career or specialty. But with so many paths even within a single specialty, such as dermatol- ogy or aesthetic surgery, you may have multiple mentors supporting you at different times. In her February 2010 paper, "Mentoring in Medicine" (Canadian Family Physician), Savithiri Ratnapalan, MD, iden- tifi es four models of medical mentorship: Apprenticeship model, where there is a hierarchy of professional positions and the trainee is mentored and taught by a more experienced professional. Cloning model, which is based on role modeling where the mentor is planning for succession and the men- tee is groomed into the role. Nurturing model, which creates a safe, open environ- ment in which mentees can discuss personal issues, learn and try things for themselves with their mentors acting as resources and facilitators. Friendship model, which occurs when mentors and mentees are close to or at the same professional level and advise each other as peers. "A mentor is someone who has a skillset or knowledge base you don't have but would like to obtain," says Eric Bernstein, MD, MSE, of Main Line Center for Laser Surgery in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. "In the old days, you had one guru. Now there's such a big base of specialized knowl- edge—surgical dermatology, outpatient dermatology, laser treatments, injectables, consult services, practice manage- ment—that people are likely to have several mentors over the course of their careers." For example, Dr. Horton gained a second mentor following residency when she joined a practice in which another female surgeon was preparing to retire. The older doctor shared with Dr. Horton her experience as both a private practice physician and woman in the surgical fi eld. "We need mentors throughout all different stages of our lives," says Dr. Horton. "I really value the pearls of wisdom that I gleaned from having that short relationship." Your role as a doctor may also expand over time. "Men- tors have been really important in helping to guide the other parts of my career that don't necessarily relate to pa- tient care," says Seemal R. Desai, MD, founder and medical director of Innovative Dermatology in Plano, Texas, president of the Skin of Color Society, and a specialist in pigment disorders in skin of color. He credits his mentors with helping him become involved in professional associa- tions and step into leadership positions. "Those things help you become a better clinician," he says. How To Find a Mentor If you are a resident and your program does not offer a formal mentorship program, tell your program director that you are looking for a mentor. You can also seek out physi- cians you admire and whose careers you hope to emulate. "Find somebody who has the practice that you would love to have in 5, 10 or 20 years," says Dr. Horton. Dr. Bernstein, former president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), recommends seeking out mentors at smaller academic meetings, such as the ASLMS or American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) conference. "You'll have a much better opportunity to get up close and personal with other physicians at these events," he explains. "A mentor is someone who has a skillset or knowledge base you don't have but would like to obtain."

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