Mentoring is a fundamental human relationship in which one person invests time, energy, and expertise to nurture the growth of another. Mentors vary greatly in style, yet each contributes significantly to the professional and personal growth of a junior colleague through his wisdom, knowledge, and expertise.
Mentoring has been an intuitive core value of USCAP for years, but the process had not been previously formalized as structured relationships between mentors and mentees. The immeasurable mutual benefits of a mentoring relationship culminate in creating a better pathologist. The USCAP Mentoring Academy is the vehicle by which to partner with someone who will make a difference in your life.
The USCAP Mentoring Academy, inaugurated at the 2018 Annual Meeting as a one year pilot program, united 27 dyads (mentors and mentees) to explore how their relationship could be defined by goal setting and behavioral guidelines, managed through a web-based program designed to cultivate mentoring relationships (Chronus; mentoring.uscap.org), and accomplished utilizing metrics and timelines for achievement of goals. The Champions for this initiative were Drs. Sharon Weiss and David B. Kaminsky. Deborah Waterhouse ([email protected]) is the managing coordinator of the program.
At the conclusion of the pilot year, the program was evaluated in collaboration with Chronus staff to determine the efficacy of the web platform and its facilitation of the mentoring relationships of the initial dyads.
Mentor survey results indicated that 73.33% of mentors agreed they were satisfied with program experience; 86.67% of mentors agreed they helped their mentee achieve their goals; 86.67% of mentors were very satisfied or satisfied with the quality of their match. From the mentees’ perspective, their survey results reflected that 100% of mentees strongly agreed their mentor helped them achieve their goals; 100% agreed they were satisfied with the program experience and 100% were very satisfied with the quality of their match.
The participants convened at the 2019 Annual Meeting to discuss their relationships, provide consultative input into program refinement, and share their experiences and accomplishments.
Based on positive outcomes of the pilot, the USCAP Mentoring Academy is available as of July 8, 2019 to interested practicing pathologists, residents and fellows. An additional 50 dyads will be assimilated into the mentoring program over the next eight months.