PLFSOM Women in Medicine and Science Organization: Mentoring from A-Z

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The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Sciences (WIMS) Organization mentoring sub-committee sponsored an event on Oct. 29 that provided information on how to serve as an effective mentor and mentee. The event was facilitated by Irene Sarosiek, M.D., associate professor in the TTUHSC El Paso Department of Internal Medicine and mentoring committee interim chair.

Dr. Sarosiek began the session by defining what a mentoring relationship is and the most desired characteristics and qualities of a mentor and mentee. She described how to find a good, or even great, mentor, and shared valuable tips on creating a successful and effective mentoring relationship.

1aThe presentation was followed by a panel of mentors and mentees, comprised of: Fatima Aly, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics; Tania Arana, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education; David Briones, M.D., professor and interim chair in the Department of Psychiatry; and Blanca Garcia, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Each of the panelists discussed their own experiences with mentoring and what worked well during challenging situations by fusing together different social and cultural norms and expectations. 2b

The WIMS mission is to advance the careers of women in medicine and science by promoting an environment that supports opportunities to succeed in academic medicine. Membership is open to all male and female Paul L. Foster School of Medicine faculty members.  Faculty interested in joining the organization may contact the Office of Diversity Affairs at 215-4806 or the Office of Faculty Affairs at 215-4130.4b