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Translating Individual Mentorship to Generalizable Action: Lessons Learned From J Randall Curtis

  • David H. Au
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to: David H Au, MD, MS, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, MS 152, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle WA 98108, USA.
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    Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care, VA Puget Sound Health Care System (D.H.A., L.M.D., L.F.), Seattle, Washington, USA

    Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (D.H.A., L.M.D., C.H.G., L.F.), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
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  • Jacqueline A. Chang
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    Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Scripts Clinic (J.A.C.), La Jolla, California, USA
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  • Timothy A. Davidson
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    Providence St Mary Medical Center, Providence St. Joseph Health (T.A.D.), Walla Walla, Washington, USA
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  • Lucas M. Donovan
    Affiliations
    Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care, VA Puget Sound Health Care System (D.H.A., L.M.D., L.F.), Seattle, Washington, USA

    Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (D.H.A., L.M.D., C.H.G., L.F.), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
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  • Christopher H. Goss
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    Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (D.H.A., L.M.D., C.H.G., L.F.), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
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  • Laura C. Feemster
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    Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care, VA Puget Sound Health Care System (D.H.A., L.M.D., L.F.), Seattle, Washington, USA

    Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (D.H.A., L.M.D., C.H.G., L.F.), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
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  • Renee D. Stapleton
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    Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (R.D.S.), University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont, USA
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      Academic mentoring is a topic that has received significant attention given its key role in career advancement and success. Much of the literature on mentorship talks of specific types of relationships including “mentor,” “coach,” “connector,” and “sponsor.”
      • Chopra V
      • Arora VM
      • Saint S
      Will you be my mentor?-Four archetypes to help mentees succeed in academic medicine.
      These mentoring phenotypes are often discussed early in one's career when trainees are particularly vulnerable to demands of time, academic productivity, home life, and competing opportunities. As a result, numerous publications focus on the characteristics, and behaviors of successful mentoring relationships.

      Saint S, Chopra V. How doctors can be better mentors. Harv Bus Rev. Accessed at: January 21, 2022. Accessed from: https://hbr.org/2018/10/how-doctors-can-be-better-mentors

      Increasingly, there is recognition that challenges faced early in career do not wane but are replaced with new challenges as one's career progresses. These challenges represent threats to well-being which can be as potent as those commonly experienced in early career. In reflecting on our own professional experiences, a common theme emerged around professional, and personal support. The support we all received throughout our careers was often from J. Randall Curtis, “Randy,” our mentor, colleague, and friend. Our experience with Randy has led us to believe that strong, early, and longitudinal mentoring is an important contributor to success. In the spirit of Randy's excellence, we reflect on how our experience could be generalized to an overall approach to mentoring over a career.

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