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Mentorship Program

The PSRC Mentorship Program is a 1-year time commitment for both mentors and mentees. The program pairs medical students, young faculty, fellows, residents, and research fellows with established plastic surgery researchers to provide them with the unique opportunity to gain experience from seasoned research veterans. Pairs work together throughout the year connecting at affiliated meetings when possible with continuous communication by email and phone.

If interested in participating in the Mentorship Program please contact our Administrative offices. You must be a PSRC Member to participate in this program, as it is a membership benefit. Apply for membership.

Mentor of the Year

2020 Bernard Lee, MD and Susan Mackinnon, MD
2019 Arun K. Gosain, MD
2018 W.P Andrew Lee, MD


To make the most of your mentor or mentee experience, see this list of recommendations from Dr. David Larson.

Characteristics of Good Mentoring

  • Provides challenges: gives "stretch" perspectives and assignments (go beyond "comfort" zone)
  • Accurate diagnoses and assessment of needs
  • Reflective- guide rather than tell or dictate (don't expect that advice will be taken)
  • Possesses respect and patience
  • Shows sincere care and concern
  • Spends time: preparing, meeting, and follow up
  • Inspires by example
  • Facilitates learning
  • Develops skills and capacities
  • Teaches, as needed and desired
  • Challenge: projecting own qualities onto others- donít look to generate a clone

Guidelines in Mentoring

  • Picking the right person (mentee driven)
  • Listening rather than lecturing
  • Can't allow mentee to leverage the mentor to gain advantage
  • Don't use mentoring as a disciplinary tool (e.g. "keeping tabs" on residents/faculty)
  • Don't gossip
  • Improve dialogue and conversation skills and styles
  • Socratic questioning (i.e. "Talk me through your thinking")
  • Listening (we really don't do this very well)
  • Offer options (not necessarily solutions)
  • Don't give the answer, teach "how to think"
  • Goes beyond teaching, it shows the mentee what they already know

Mentee Responsibilities

  • Work with mentors to establish a schedule of regular meetings
  • Allow sufficient time to ask questions and discuss issues openly
  • Arrive/be available promptly to all appointments
  • Share information and ideas
  • Continuously seek feedback in order to understand and clarify issues or questions
  • Listen nondefensively, accepting constructive ideas for change and how their actions affect others
  • Take the initiative to make things happen
  • Keep the mentor informed of academic progress/difficulties

Features to Consider in a Mentor

  • Seek individuals who can provide you with honest guidance regarding your career development
  • You need someone who will give you honest and constructive critiques of your work
  • Someone with whom you have a common interest (e.g., clinical research, education, administration, teaching)

Past Mentors

2019-2020 Mentors

2018-2019 Mentors

2017-2018 Mentors

2016-2017 Mentors

2015-2016 Mentors