Speed-mentoring event targets junior hospitalists


When senior physicians and researchers – including hospitalists – talk about their careers, it seems they never fail to mention the mentors who helped shape their professional lives. Mentoring matters – a lot.

Junior hospitalists have a chance to receive mentoring in an area of their choice at HM17.

Dr. Joanna Bonsal of Emory University

Dr. Joanna Bonsall

At the Speed-mentoring event – on Tuesday, May 2 at noon – junior hospitalists will submit questions and topics on which they’d like to get advice, so they can be matched to three senior advisers. They’ll meet with each adviser for 15 minutes before moving on to the next adviser.

“This is their opportunity to get ‘rapid-fire’ advice from senior hospitalists from a variety of perspectives,” said event organizer Joanna Bonsall, MD, PhD, SFHM, assistant professor of medicine at Emory University, Atlanta.

The advisers are chosen because of their commitment to supporting career development and because of their reputation and expertise. Many of the speed mentors are returning to the event for the fourth time. It has been held at the SHM annual meeting since 2013.

“This event doesn’t replace traditional mentorship but does give junior hospitalists an opportunity to discuss an aspect of their career with multiple senior hospitalists from across the country,” Dr. Bonsall said.

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