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Career planning and mentorship: a few key considerations for trainees

Authors Badawy SM

Received 4 July 2017

Accepted for publication 28 August 2017

Published 11 October 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 357—359


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Sherif M Badawy1–3

1Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA; 2Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA; 3Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Zagazig University Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig, Egypt

Abstract: Publishing and securing funding are considered our “academic currency”, and therefore, both should be emphasized during training, both residency and fellowship. Trainees should make an effort to find funding opportunities at or outside of their institutions and try to identify their short- and long-term goals. Establishing a track record of publications can help trainees get hired, funded, and promoted as junior faculty, and effective networking and mentorship are critical determinants of academic success. Given the positive effects of mentorship, trainees should understand what comprises a good mentor–mentee relationship and how to optimize the mentoring process. The objective of this article is to discuss few key considerations for trainees in residency or fellowship regarding mentorship and career planning in academic medicine.

Keywords: career planning, career development, mentorship, training, fellowship, residency

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