From the AMA Wire; by Robert Nagler Miller, Contributing Writer, AMA Wire
Mentors can advise you on medical school, residency, specialty choice and career moves. But how do you find the right people to help you? Here is advice from a young physician on how to find and get the most out of your mentors in medicine.
Valerie Vaughn, MD, MSc (@ValerieVaughnMD), recently completed a fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School and is now a junior faculty member there. In a recent JAMA essay, “Mentee Missteps: Tales From the Academic Trenches,” she and her co-authors offered witty yet trenchant observations on the common mistakes young physicians make when they hitch their wagons to mentors in their fields—and how they can learn from these mistakes and avoid making them in the future.
In an interview with AMA Wire®, Dr. Vaughn expanded on the mentor-protégé relationship, which she described as “absolutely critical” to the academic and professional success of every fledgling physician. “You literally cannot advance without a mentor,” she said.
Read more about the Mentor-Mentee relationship here.