The Importance of Faculty Mentoring at Wake Forest School of Medicine

(midtempo orchestral music) – Mentoring is really a core value for us. If we’re going to succeed
as a school of medicine, if we’re gonna succeed as
an academic medical center, it’s really because our
faculty reach their potential, that they can reach their goals, and the best path for doing
that is through mentoring. – Think of the people around
you as part of a family unit. I’ve been very lucky here at Wake Forest to have been part of a
family the last 27 years within The Department of Dermatology and the greater institution. – The aspects of a mentor, as I see it, is somebody who is
actually invested in you, who understands what it is
that you’re trying to do. – That’s what mentors have to do, is be there to ask the hard
questions in the beginning, and help the mentee get to the point where they can then drive their career where they need it to go. – I think that as a mentor, you have to listen to the
mentee, give your advice, but don’t impose your
thoughts and your approaches. Help them find their own
approach and strategy. – Your job is really to help everybody maximize their potential
within their own chosen area, the area where they have passion, where their life path has taken them. – Shortly after I came, I
talked to Mary Lou Vuytko about a junior faculty mentoring program. – The primary goal of the program is to create a mentoring culture here that will facilitate faculty
development, productivity, advancement, and career satisfaction. – The departments that
have really put a premium on mentorship and reward
it within the department have put in place strong
mentoring programs, you can see that those are the departments where the faculty really succeed. – He didn’t let you take the easy way out, and he expected you to
stand up for what’s right, and no matter what happened, no matter if there were naysayers, no matter if there was political pressure, no matter what else happened,
he would say, what’s right? And that’s what you do, no matter who else comes against you. And that was huge from a mentor. – Joey Jorizzo has been
one of the best mentors that I could ever describe. He really was able to help
me sort of think about what I wanted to do for my life, what my special niche would be, and also help me to promote that, both in teaching as well as in research, and even in my clinical care patients. – When you can convey a positive attitude and show that no matter how busy you are, you’re willing to make
time for younger people, it really pays off for them as well as for the person
doing the mentoring. – They’ve all become successful, and they don’t need me anymore. So I hope they would then say it’s time for me to take
a junior under my wing and make them successful. – I don’t expect thank
yous, I always get them, and those are very nice,
but I just want people to enjoy what they’re doing, and then reach back and
feel like it’s worthwhile to become a mentor at some
point in their lives as well.

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