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A GUIDING HAND 44 SEPTEMBER 2018 | Med Esthetics © GETTY IMAGES Specialty associations, such as the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as professional associations including The Skin of Color Society, offer mentorship opportunities. You can also look outside of your own specialty. "A mentor can just be within the medical fi eld," says Dr. Desai. Dr. Horton co-founded the women's microsurgery group through the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) to help others fi nd mentors to sup- port them in their careers. "Everybody really wants the new person to succeed—there is so much to learn and so much to teach," she says. Don't be afraid to reach out to experienced providers for guidance. "Doctors spend a whole career collecting knowledge and experience," says Dr. Bernstein. "When you teach and mentor, you're spreading your knowledge all over the country and all over the world. It's tremen- dously sayisfying." How To Make the Relationship Work Once you have found a potential mentor, lay the ground- work for a successful relationship by discussing upfront the amount of contact and level of support that each person expects. The key is "knowing who you are, knowing what you're looking for and fi nding somebody you feel comfort- able talking to who has an interest in mentoring you," says Dr. Horton. For example, do you want a more formal mentorship where you shadow or work with the other physician? Or are you looking for someone to have a conversation with every week and review cases with you? It is important to listen actively, be open to feedback and be respectful of your mentor's time. And mentoring can be a two-way street. The exchange with someone who has an inquiring mind can bring a fresh perspective. "It's important not only to have mentors who are senior or above you, but also to have people who are new to the fi eld as mentors," says Dr. Bernstein. Such "reverse mentoring" occurs when a younger person shares their knowledge or skill sets, such as using the Internet or social media, with a more senior professional. Regardless of the type of mentoring relationship you es- tablish, having someone to turn to at different points in your career is helpful. "Mentors are extraordinarily important because we don't all have to reinvent the wheel," says Dr. DeLuca-Pytell. "You're always facing new things, so having somebody that you trust and can look up to is invaluable." Stephanie Kramer is a freelance writer who specializes in healthcare. *Tracy EE, Jagsi R, Starr R, Tarbell NJ, "Outcomes of a pilot faculty mentoring program," (Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Dec;191(6):1846-50) *Benson CA, Morahan PS, Sachdeva AK, Richman RC, "Effective fac- ulty preceptoring and mentoring during reorganization of an academic medical center" (Med Teach. 2002 Sep;24(5):550-7) Danielle DeLuca-Pytell, MD Plastic surgeon in private practice in Troy, Michigan Eric Bernstein, MD, MSE Founder of Main Line Center for Laser Surgery in Ardmore, Pennsylvania Seemal R. Desai, MD Founder and medical director of Innovative Dermatology in Plano, Texas and president of the Skin of Color Society Karen M. Horton, MD Plastic surgeon in private practice in San Francisco

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