CME Course

The Importance of Mentoring Relationships

Mentoring is important for both professional and personal development in medical education. In this podcast, Drs. Andrew Sephien, Danielle Gulick, and Ambuj Kumar discuss why mentoring is necessary, as well as provide insight into common qualities and barriers that medical students believe are associated with successful mentors and mentoring relationships.

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Goals and Objectives

Mentoring is important for both professional and personal development in medical education. In this podcast, Drs. Andrew Sephien, Danielle Gulick, and Ambuj Kumar discuss why mentoring is necessary, as well as provide insight into common qualities and barriers that medical students believe are associated with successful mentors and mentoring relationships. They also detail what led them to conduct a study focusing on mentoring, the findings of which appear in their Southern Medical Journal article, “Prevalence of, Qualities, and Barriers Associated with Mentoring Relationships from Medical Students’ Perspective: A Multi-Institutional Cross-Sectional Study” that they coauthored with Drs. Leigh Hatch, Jordan Karsch, and Karim Hanna. At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of mentoring for both the mentor and the mentee.
  • Recognize barriers that can affect mentoring relationships
  • Implement techniques to foster successful mentoring relationships.

Course Information

CME Release Date:  February 1, 2022
Valid for credit through:  January 31, 2023
Course type:  Podcast Course 
Estimated time of completion: 34 minutes

Credits Available

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For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

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Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The following individual has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Speakers

Andrew Sephien, MD, is a second-year internal medicine resident at HCA Healthcare/USF Morsani College of Medicine: Citrus Memorial Hospital and a graduate of Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. He currently serves as a Member of the Mentorship and Networking Subcommittee for the Southern Medical Association’s Physicians in Training Committee. Dr. Sephien’s interests in medicine are broad, including cardiology, critical care, and medical education. He has authored 12 peer-reviewed publications along with several presentations at national conferences.

Danielle Gulick, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of South Florida. She has been the director for the medical neurology course and medical pre-matriculation program since 2013 and has published manuscripts as a medical student advisor. In addition, Dr. Gulick has studied circadian dysfunction in neurological disorders including addiction.

Ambuj Kumar, MD, MPH, is a tenured Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at USF Health at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL and a Full Member in the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. He is also the director of the Research Methodology and Biostatistics Core at USF Health which provides research support to all faculty members across USF Health. Dr. Kumar’s expertise and research interest broadly are in the area of Comparative Effectiveness Research. He has applied the methodology of comparative effectiveness research to address uncertainty related not only to the efficacy/harms of competing treatments or diagnostic tests, but also expanded it to other fields of behavioral sciences, genetic medicine, and imaging studies. He has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed high impact factor journal publications along with numerous presentations at national and international meetings.

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