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Jul 26, 2023

Laurel Lyckholm, MD, is a Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute. She also serves as the Interim Chief of the Department of Hematology/Oncology. She is actively involved with the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Lyckholm is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Leonard Tow Gold Humanism in Medicine Award and several others for exceptional teaching and mentorship.

Every self-improvement, motivational, and leadership literature highlights the inextricable nature of listening with being a high-value professional. “Patients really notice when physicians listen, and you have to listen with your heart as well as your head,” says Dr. Laurel Lyckholm. Join us for another episode of The Medicine Mentors as we discuss implementing listening as a habit in our practice, looking inward when moving past emotional barriers, and using the correct metrics to assess the efficacy of our mentoring relationships with Dr. Laurel Lyckholm.

Pearls of Wisdom:
1. Matching is important in mentorship. It's okay to reevaluate mentoring relationships if it's not working out and moving on from them
2. Listening makes the best physician, somebody who is conscious about the listening-to-talking ratio in their meetings with the patients.
3. We should look outward instead of inward. If someone has upset us, maybe they have projected hurt or pain that they are suffering. It’s best to move on.