Mentorship–both giving and receiving–is a crucial part of being a resident
Short Coat Podcast veteran Keenan Laraway, MD (CCOM ’15, Internal Medicine), returns to the microphone to give his insights into one of the most important parts of residency–finding and being a mentor. As you listen, note how much credit he gives to his mentors for their influence on him, and how much emphasis he gives to teaching medical students himself. Medical residency (and undergraduate medical education, partially) operates on an apprenticeship model, in which the experience and advice of one’s colleagues is integral to one’s own development. Seeking out those relationships is therefore vital.
AAMC Careers in Medicine – Careers in medicine is a resource designed to assist medical students in choosing a specialty and navigating the residency match process in a strategic way.
Terrence Wong is not your average medical student. Growing up in Oakland, California, he didn’t have opportunities or connections. And a lack of resources meant that even as a little tyke he looked for ways to make money, like selling stuff on the Internet. He’s since realized that there are others out there who could use some information and encouragement–mentorship–to help them achieve what he did: going from poor inner-city kid to student at a top medical school. So he and some friends with serious coding chops founded MedMentor to hook up pre-meds with medical students who can serve as mentors, and to bring more diversity to a profession that sorely needs it. Terrence and Dave talked about what it’s been like to be both a medical student and a startup founder, and how listening to what ‘they’ think of your crazy idea is pretty much the last thing you should do.
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