One of the priorities of the Faculty Development and Diversity Committee is to establish a mentoring program within the Department of Medicine and across the Boston University medical campus.
All the faculty at this institution have already benefited from the guidance of mentors, whether or not they participated in a formal program. As they seek to advance professionally outside the protection of graduate school, mentors will be even more crucial.
A talk I saw on-line reminded me of the importance of mentors. Temple Grandin, a scientist who writes about human-animal relationships, told an audience at a TED conference how important mentors had been to her success. Growing up with autism, she needed the inspiration of a mentor to show her how to channel her talents.