Former participants in the Academic Dermatology Leadership Program and Leadership Forum gather at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception during the 2012 Summer Meeting.

Mentors and Mentees network at the sharing mentoring experiences breakfast at the Annual Meeting, specifically designed for “speed mentoring”.  Mark your calendar to attend Friday, March 21st in Denver!

The AAD’s established leaders - Drs. Jean Bolognia, Margaret Parsons, and Erin Boh - at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.

Drs. John Harris, Tammie Ferringer, Jeremy Bordeaux, and Mary Maloney network at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.

“Speed mentoring” during the Sharing Mentoring experiences breakfast at the Annual Meeting.

Drs. Karen McKoy and Craig Burkhart converse during the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.

Dr. Kelly Cordoro (2013 Leadership Forum Chair) with participants at the Leadership Forum.

Dr. John Harris with Dr. William James at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.

Smiling faces of our leaders at the Leadership and Mentoring Reception.


Mentorship is an important element of a successful career in any field. Physicians who have had mentors report having more career satisfaction and believe that these relationships have positively affected their job satisfaction and promotions in their field.

However, multiple studies have documented that a significant number of young physicians report not having a mentor throughout training and the early stages of their careers. Within the field of dermatology, mentorship has recently been emphasized in many training programs via assigned mentors resulting in a high degree of resident satisfaction.1

Mentoring is not a stand-alone activity, but one that complements and integrates with other learning elements and fills the gaps between the textbooks, courses and everyday experiences.

1Caroline C. Kim, MD, Ellen J. Kim, MD, Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD, Victor Marks, MD,  Mary Maloney, MD, Ilona J. Frieden, MD.  A Mentorship Model in Dermatology. 2011

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A mentee is someone who chooses to be counseled, guided and advised.

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