Special Series: Tribute to J Randall Curtis
- There is an expression, often attributed to Einstein, “If I had 60 minutes to save the world, I would spend the first 55 trying to figure out what was wrong with it.” Dr. J. Randall (Randy) Curtis’ approach to improving serious illness care has been so effective for exactly this reason. Before considering how to make things better, you must first understand what is happening and how we got to our current state. For critical care, that required listening to clinician and family communication —what people actually said— while it was happening in the intensive care unit (ICU).
- The Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program was founded in 2014 by the Cambia Health Foundation to enable emerging palliative care leaders to execute impactful projects and grow as national leaders in the field. Since the program's inception, J. Randall “Randy” Curtis, MD, MPH has been deeply involved in this vital endeavor: serving on the advisory board and personally mentoring eighteen scholars. Randy has sharpened our thoughts, guided our growth, and imparted wisdom in the process.
- 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.”1 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.