FAER  |   January 2014
Mentorship and Sponsorship: Helping Define and Navigate a Successful Career
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FAER   |   January 2014
Mentorship and Sponsorship: Helping Define and Navigate a Successful Career
ASA Monitor 01 2014, Vol.78, 60-62.
ASA Monitor 01 2014, Vol.78, 60-62.
Dr. Hopf is a member of the FAER Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology and the FAER Board of Directors. She received the 2013 FAER Mentoring Excellence in Research Award, which recognizes outstanding mentorship in anesthesiology
Mentoring has been defined as “a dynamic, reciprocal relationship in a work environment between an advanced career incumbent and a beginner aimed at promoting the development of both.”1  In this model, the mentor is teacher, protector, role model and advisor. This is a useful definition for one type of mentoring relationship, the traditional research mentor relationship common for most scientists-in-training. However, it leaves out the richness of the world that is mentoring relationships. Therefore, I choose to define mentoring from a more functional perspective. Mentoring, to me, is indeed a “dynamic and reciprocal relationship” between two people “aimed at promoting the development of both.” The richness comes from the variety of people you can find to mentor you and from the variety of areas of development you may be targeting. For aspiring clinician-scientists, a traditional research mentor is essential, but additional mentors can help navigate a complex system successfully. FAER programs from the Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship to the Mentored Research Training Grants help trainees and junior faculty develop valuable mentoring relationships.
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