Committees  |   April 2014
Focus on Mentoring: INSIGHT FROM A RECENT AWARD RECIPIENT
Author Affiliations
  • Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
    Committee on Professional Diversity
    Chair
  • Elizabeth Rebello, M.D.
    Committee on Professional Diversity
    Director, ASA Mentoring Program
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Education / CPD / Pediatric Anesthesia / Committees
Committees   |   April 2014
Focus on Mentoring: INSIGHT FROM A RECENT AWARD RECIPIENT
ASA Monitor 04 2014, Vol.78, 32-33.
ASA Monitor 04 2014, Vol.78, 32-33.
The Committee on Professional Diversity announces its annual call for proposals for the ASA Mentoring Program. The goal of the program is to foster diversity within ASA through mentorship. The program provides funding up to $5,000 to mentor/mentee pairs who submit a project of mutual interest. The project may be oriented to scientific or clinical research, or an educational, political advocacy or organized medicine endeavor.
Dr. Lena Mayes, 2013 award recipient and Assistant Professor at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, describes her experience:
I was first introduced to the role of malignant hyperthermia (MH) consultant for the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) as a pediatric anesthesiology fellow at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. While searching for an academic project, I edited an article on MH for the British Journal of Medicine with Dr. Barbara Brandom, Director of the North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry. Dr. Brandom’s energy, insight and academic guidance inspired me to shadow her while on-call as an MH consultant for MHAUS. I was specifically drawn by the variety of cases called into the MH Hotline and the vast differential diagnoses with which MH consultants assist callers. As MH consultants, we volunteer by taking 24/7 calls for MHAUS in two-week blocks several times a year. We provide consulting services to medical professionals who may have questions regarding patients with suspected MH in the perioperative setting or whose patients may be in acute medical crises. My experiences on call have been especially rewarding when establishing a rapport with callers while working together to resolve critical situations
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