Welcome to the 2020-2021 USCAP Mentoring Academy! I am thrilled that USCAP continues to recognize the value of the mentor-mentee relationship. We continue to explore ways to maintain and increase connectivity, with our mentor pairs. This is especially important as we navigate today’s ever-changing and challenging environment. USCAP mentors are of the highest caliber and not only take their role seriously but enjoy it immensely. We hope our mentees will appreciate as well as benefit from the insights and collaborations with their mentors.

The concept of the mentor has been with us since the time of Homer. In Greek mythology Mentor was the friend of Odysseus who was charged with guiding Odysseus’ son, Telemachus.

As a concept, mentoring is multifaceted, but the USCAP Mentoring Academy understands and promotes the fundamental, innate nature of mentoring and is very excited to match our mentors with young pathologists who are ready to benefit from this unique experience. Our Academy is also well positioned to help foster the next generation of pathologists, which is a privilege as well as a commitment.

I believe the quote above attributed to Lao Tzu exemplifies the Academy’s goal.

– Celeste N. Powers, MD, PhD, Chair, USCAP Mentoring Academy

The transfer of knowledge and experience from one individual to another to encourage personal and professional development is a legacy core value of USCAP. The relationship that evolves from and defines this process should be special, promoting an enduring influence that prevails after the active relationship is concluded. Mentoring is not a new concept, but its formalization to encourage longevity of accomplished pathologists guiding those in evolution has been relatively novel within our organization.

USCAP is invested in mentoring as a mechanism to ensure creating a better pathologist. To this end, we have simplified the web-based approach to understanding the mentor-mentee relationship, defining profiles and matches, and conducting milestone checks.

The current cycle began on November 4, 2020, formalized for a year, beyond which the successful relationships can assume a life of their own or continue to live within the USCAP structure. Dyads can evolve, expand, mutate. The freedom to become is reflected in Steven Spielberg’s message: 

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves. – Steven Spielberg

– David B. Kaminsky, MD, FIAC, Executive Vice President

As coordinator of the USCAP Mentoring Academy, it’s been my pleasure and responsibility to facilitate the identification and matching of inspired mentors with mentees whose personal and professional lives benefit from the influence of a mentor. Our experience over the past few years in formally structuring these relationships has guided me to a better understanding of this invaluable dynamic and how best to collaborate with information technology in enhancing the web platform to support these relationships.

We have redefined and continue to work towards the goal of making mentoring a culture change and not a “program”. You can depend on me to help you through questions and glitches, soothe your anxieties, resolve complaints and inspire your relationship with the other person in your dyad.

– Deborah Waterhouse, Coordinator, USCAP Mentoring Academy

Why Become a Mentor?

A mentor is a guide. A resource who helps pave the way for others to succeed. It’s not about having all the right answers. Your role as a mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, contributing to their development through thoughtful conversation and consultation. At its core, being a Mentor is being a trusted advisor.

Why Become a Mentee?

With the help of a mentor, you can gain new knowledge and skillsets that can broaden your career opportunities and personal networks for advancement. As a mentee, gain the confidence necessary to tackle short and long-term goals, navigate challenges, and accelerate your growth.