Tips For Finding A Good Mentor In Medical School And Beyond
If you’re a medical student or are considering a medical career, finding a good mentor will be essential to your success. This person should be able to help guide your decisions, provide helpful advice, and serve as a role model for the career you hope to have.
Finding a mentor isn’t easy. Finding a good mentor is even harder.
Dr. Bobby Mansouri, a dermatology resident from Texas A&M describes why it can be easier said than done to find a good mentor:
“Have you ever heard the old saying, “Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one”?
It’s for that very reason that finding a mentor is relatively easy. People will always want to give you unsolicited advice. The real trick is finding a mentor who brings something incredibly positive to your life and career. Someone you can trust and someone whose advice directly relates to your life.”
So what are the things you should know about finding a mentor? According to Dr. Bobby,
“In my 33 years of life, 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 7 years of residency, I have learned a few things about mentors:
ONE: Every mentor you have can teach you something. Be ready for the lesson.
TWO: Be cool. No one likes giving advice to the annoying kid.
THREE: Name-dropping is not the point of having a mentor.
FOUR: Find someone who has similar goals in life. Their advice will be better and more applicable because of your similarity.
FIVE: Don’t try too hard to find a mentor. Follow your path and keep your eyes peeled. The right relationship typically happens organically.
Lastly, be a mentor yourself. You may learn more from that relationship than you expect. Besides, it’s good karma.”
Read the full article from Dr. Bobby here.