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Jan 6, 2022

Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, is a hospitalist and Chair of Medicine at the University of Colorado. He was previously the Inaugural Chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of Michigan. He completed his medical school at Grant Medical College in India and residency in Internal Medicine from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He is an accomplished physician-scientist and health services researcher focused on patient safety, hospital-acquired complications and the art and science of mentorship. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and was recently selected to serve as Deputy Editor for the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Elementary school in France, middle school in Cairo, high school in Japan, medical school in India, to become a hospitalist researcher and now Chair of Medicine in the United States; today we get a glimpse of the many experiences that have shaped Dr. Vineet Chopra’s life. Dr. Chopra recounts the impact that mentors have had in shaping this very unique path and his vision for preparing the stage for the new generation of mentors and mentees by nurturing a mentoring ecosystem. Join us today as we sit at the cross-section of medicine and mentorship with Dr. Chopra.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Mentors need to inspire passion and drive in their mentees. The future of a mentee will be molded and shaped by the character, work ethic and mindset of their mentor.
2. After establishing a professional career, the relationship between a mentor and mentee goes beyond mentorship bounds. They become close friends and colleagues.
3. There is a need to develop a culture of mentors. More experts must be encouraged to take on the role of mentorship, and it is the responsibility of institutions to create a system where they have an incentive to do so.