Presentation on theme: "Harvard Medical School MENTORING: A Crisis in Surgical Education Christopher C. Baker, M.D. Isidore Cohn, Jr. Professor of Surgery Chair, Department of."— Presentation transcript:
Harvard Medical School MENTORING: A Crisis in Surgical Education Christopher C. Baker, M.D. Isidore Cohn, Jr. Professor of Surgery Chair, Department of Surgery LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, LA
MENTORSHIP OUTLINE Characteristics of good mentors Current educational challenges Strategies and solutions Lessons from 30 years in academic surgery
Mentor Trusted friend and advisor to Ulysses.
Characteristics of a Good Mentor
Wise and fair Patient and constructive Objective and tough (as needed) William J. Baker, MD ( )
Able to set goals & ensure success for mentees Altruistic-puts trainee’s needs ahead of one’s own George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS
Flexible and caring Available and enthusiastic Surgical Nurse UNC, 2003
You Find Mentors in Unexpected Places Master Jewell Allen Sixth Degree Black Belt
Roles of a Mentor Teacher Counselor Coach Trainer Role Model Sponsor Advisor
Priorities for Mentors Be patient and flexible. Give constructive feedback. Be readily available to mentees. Be a good role model. Maintain your self-awareness Don’t neglect your own career development.
Professionalism for Residents Avoid dishonesty in all forms. Get out of bed, see the patient, & document it. Take care of paperwork in a timely fashion. Be on time for cases, clinic, & conferences. Avoid conflict in the chart & in public arenas.
Maintain Resident Esprit de Corps LSU—December, 2009
Educational Challenges Duty hours restrictions Information overload Trainee debt obligations Measures of competency Government regulations
Impact of Duty Hours Lack of continuity of care Ineffective hand-offs at change of shift Ownership of patients by residents Development of “shift mentality” Erosion of the team concept
Impact of Duty Hours Interferes with ability to follow a disease process in a longitudinal fashion Reduces consistent interactions between residents and attending staff Decreases opportunities for mentoring Lowers chances to model professionalism