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