To pair up seasoned surgeons (Mentors) with less experienced surgeons (Mentees) to support the development of the Mentees, provide a meaningful service opportunity to Mentors, and enhance the overall collegiality of WTSA.
Guiding Principles of WTSA Mentorship Program
- Participation in the Mentorship Program is voluntary and the mentorship relationship is a shared responsibility of both parties.
- The Mentor's role is to assist and support the Mentee in building a successful, satisfying, and sustainable career as a surgeon, with a focus on mutually agreed upon goals. The Mentee's role is to articulate goals and focus areas that would be useful in his or her career and personal development.
- The WTSA Mentorship Program is intended to complement or supplement similar activities available within the Mentee's primary work setting. It is not intended to interfere with training and Mentorship programs already available to the Mentee nor is the Mentor intended to serve as a tutor on patient specific clinical issues.
- The Mentor and Mentee will maintain the confidentiality of their discussions unless both agree otherwise.
- Mentors and Mentees should aim to interact with each other at least quarterly and be available for ad hoc interactions as needed. Geographical considerations may determine whether interactions occur in person, by phone, or through other electronic means, but Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to meet in person whenever possible. One possible opportunity for a personal meeting might be a scheduled WTSA event, or other national meeting.
- Mentors should help Mentees articulate specific career goals and discuss strategies and resources to achieve those goals. Possible topics for discussion include:
- Building a personal reputation of excellence
- Building a referral pipeline
- Techniques to enhance patient experience
- Techniques to enhance the surgeons own career experience
- Balancing professional and personal life and improving overall wellness
- Overcoming obstacles to career development
- Pursuing and navigating leadership opportunities
- Identifying opportunities for involvement in societies
- Identifying opportunities for volunteerism
- Achieving and maintaining the highest ethical standards
- Dealing with medico-legal issues
- Mentors and Mentees must be current WTSA members or candidate members
- Mentees of any experience level are welcome to participate in the program
- A Mentor must have at least 8 years of experience in the field
Pairing of Mentors and Mentees
The Mentorship Program Committee will pair Mentors and Mentees based on various factors including practice setting, specialization, experience level, stated interests and goals, and geographical location. The Committee will endeavor to make the best match possible based on the Mentee's application, but no match can be guaranteed. Both the Mentor and the Mentee must agree to a pairing before it becomes final.
Length of Mentor-Mentee Relationship:
- It is hoped that Mentor-Mentee pairings will last many years, but the WTSA asks that initial Mentor-Mentee pairings commit to at least one year.
- Mentors and Mentees should always conduct themselves professionally. WTSA reserves the right to remove a person from the Mentorship program at any time.
Monitoring and Feedback:
WTSA will periodically circulate surveys to Mentors and Mentees to gather feedback and suggestions about how to improve the WTSA Mentorship Program. Mentors and Mentees are asked to thoughtfully complete these surveys and to provide informal feedback at any time about the Mentorship Program. If you would like to provide feedback, please email the WTSA.
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