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It has been my honor and privilege to mentor aspiring college students as they pursue a career in medicine. I have mentored dozens of college students and even high school students over the years. Mentorship is such an essential part of who I am and what I do that I never really considered it as a professional obligation, but rather a personal one.  Formally, I have mentored a dozen students for their Capstone and Embark Projects.  These are the four-year research projects that every OUWB medical student is required to complete during medical school.  I dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to these mentoring relationships and projects.  Many of these students' projects have ultimately resulted in presentations at regional, national, and international meetings as well as peer-reviewed publications.   At least three of my mentees have earned First Place at the Annual Robert J. Lucas Surgical Society Competition.