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What Does it Mean to be an Excellent Mentor? J. Randall “Randy” Curtis’ Living Legacy

      In this narrative essay, we, eleven graduates of the University of Washington's T32 training program in palliative care and/or K12 program in implementation science2 and Co-Director of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence (EKK), share our experiences as research mentees of Dr. Randy Curtis. This essay includes a composite of our reflective writing on what Randy's mentorship has meant to us. To develop this piece, we each created our own individual narrative reflective essays, using Dr. Curtis’ recent interview on the GeriPal podcast as a prompt, and framework.3 Then, we compiled brief excerpts, and used multiple methods (see Fig. 1) to display our shared thoughts in honor of our mentor. Our hope is you will see the enduring legacy his mentorship has provided us—a gift for which we will always be grateful.
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      Fig. 1Word cloud derived using common terms and phrases from the authors’ individual reflections of Randy's mentorship.

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