November 6th, 2012

Acknowledging our Mentors, Both Faculty and Peers

Several Cardiology Fellows who are attending AHA.12 in LA this week are blogging together for CardioExchange. The Fellows include Tariq AhmadReva Balakrishnan, Megan Coylewright, Eiman Jahangir, Amit Shah, and John Ryan (moderator). Read the previous post here. Find the next one here. For related CardioExchange content, go to our AHA 2012 Headquarters page.

Last night we came together to celebrate with one of Mayo Clinic’s beloved faculty members, Bernard Gersh, who received the James B. Herrick Award at this meeting. The occasion is a reminder of the amazing drive and passion of those who love to mentor. Dr. Gersh has provided encouragement, support, and guidance to many and, like the most effective mentors I know, is still visibly in love with his work. It is hard to know how best to say thank you to those who generously give of their time and energy.

At the meeting, I catch up with Karen Joynt and Susan Cheng, both from the Brigham — and both impressively prolific and yet new on staff. I am aware of the benefit of “peer mentoring” when those just a few years ahead of you, or in the same year, share new ideas, resources, feedback. I am left thinking that our thanks will be shown in our doing the same as we transition from fellows to faculty.

This meeting is invaluable for building these essential relationships that will last a career.

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