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.