By Irmanie Eliacin, MD, and Suzanne Minor, MD
On being the mentee
It all started 2.5 years ago. I was a brand new faculty coming out of a busy practice and entering the realm of academic medicine; when the opportunity afforded itself I ran with it. The transition from residency to a traditional outpatient clinic to academia was daunting. At the first curriculum committee meeting I attended, I saw from afar a smiling, warm face and heard her voice loud and resounding after they introduced me as a new faculty, saying “Welcome!” Little did I know Suzanne Minor, MD (Suzie) would soon be instrumental and integral in the development of my new role as an educator.
Margot Savoy, MD, MPH
I never got up the courage to say it out loud to the senior physician leader who had declared he was now officially my mentor. Not exactly the way I usually start off a mentor-mentee relationship, but my leadership coach said be curious and go with it.
We met for my semiannual check-in. I came prepared to share what progress I had made over the past months since we last met and had some goals I wanted to get his advice on. He started with “How have things been going?” and within the first 30 seconds he had interrupted me and taken over the conversation. Over the next 45 minutes I never got more than a sentence in before he started talking again. He wrapped up by telling me what I needed to work on before our next meeting while escorting me out of his office. (I have to say, if that is how we make patients feel during office visits, shame on us!) It was an unsatisfying encounter leaving me feeling disappointed, frustrated, and angry.