The goal of the Mentoring Program is to promote the career development of junior pediatric gastroenterologists. In addition, the program will provide networking opportunities for these physicians. You will be matched with a mentor who will share with you his/her experiences throughout his/her career and advise you on topics such as:
- Time management skills
- Presentation skills
- Communication skills
- Practice management/billing codes
- Negotiating contracts
- Medicolegal issues
- Grant writing
- Research design and funding
- Resident teaching and evaluation
- Promotion and tenure
Successful mentoring involves a dynamic process whereby each participant learns to respect and trust his/her partner’s commitment, expertise and individuality. A firm commitment to the mentoring process and a willingness to invest time and energy are the most important components for a successful relationship.Matching
The Professional Development Committee will match you with a mentor who has professional interests similar to yours (i.e. academic vs. private practice; basic vs. clinical research). In addition, we will strive to match you with someone who has interests in similar non-academic activities.First Contact
The mentor is encouraged to make the first contact, however, if you have not heard from you mentor within a month of the assignment, please initiate contact. The goal of the first contact is to get to know each other. You will want to learn about your mentor's career development and professional interests. In addition, you should discuss with your mentor your current professional position and your future directions, both professionally and personally. Furthermore, let your mentor know if there is anything specific in which they can assist. Lastly, discuss how and when you will next contact each other.The First Six Months
- Communicate on a regular basis
- Write out 1-3 career goals with assistance of your mentor.
- Evaluate the relationship. See below.
- Establish a comfortable frequency of contact with your mentor
- It is recommended that contact be made a minimum of every 2 months.
- Correspondence by phone, email and fax makes this possible.
- Appreciate the time and advice given to you by your mentor
- Constructive criticism should be well-received.
- The advice given to you by your mentor should be seriously considered, even if your initial reaction is not positive.
- The experience and expertise of your mentor should be acknowledged.
- When talking with others, make only positive or neutral comments about your mentor. If the match is not productive, the Professional Development Committee can assist you in finding another mentor.
- When you are established in your career, take time to provide your mentor with “progress reports”.
Expectations of the Mentors
Mentors have a right to expect that you will:
- Meet or make contact as often as originally agreed upon
- Ask for advice
- Listen thoughtfully
- Give updates on your progress
- Keep confidences sacred
- Reevaluate the mentoring agreement annually
After six months, you will be asked to evaluate your mentor relationship. We will ask how often you communicated, whether goals were discussed, and if the relationship is comfortable. Your mentor will complete a similar applicaton.