Reach out and make a difference

February 20, 2017

Thinking back over your career, as you grew from a med student into a practicing physician, the path was undoubtedly paved with the help of influential mentors. Maybe they were there for you, ready with advice – be it clinical or career-based. Maybe they helped connect you to your next great opportunity. Maybe they helped you center in on your goals and how to achieve them. However they influenced your life, it was important, and you wouldn’t be the person you are today without them.

Now, through the College’s Reach Mentor Program, you have the opportunity to make that same difference in the life and career of a young allergist. "By becoming a mentor to a young allergist/immunologist, you can act as a resource for helping with potential questions and difficulties that mentee may have in their chosen medical career,” said Michael Blaiss, MD, FACAAI, executive medical director of the College. “You can become an important friend, advisor and sounding board to the mentee by giving them the encouragement and relevant information to succeed as an allergist/immunologist. Being a mentor is a wonderful way to give back to the specialty you love and help insure the future of allergy moves forward.”  

Sound like something you might be interested in? You have what it takes! We only require that you connect quarterly, and you can meet over the phone, via Skype, GoToMeeting – whatever works for your schedules. You’re free to connect more than that, though, to create a relationship that fits both of your needs.

To become a mentor, fill out our mentor application. We’ll do the rest of the work and let you know when you’ve been matched up with a mentee.