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Welcome to The Medicine Mentors interview series. Our mission is to create a platform for top physician mentors to share key insights, traits and best practices based on their experiences to guide medical students and residents.

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May 4, 2022

Joseph Treat, MD, is a Professor of the Department of Hematology/Oncology, Vice Chair of Education and Medical Director for Ambulatory Care at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Treat completed his medical school from Temple University and residency in Internal Medicine from Georgetown University Hospital where he stayed to pursue an Oncology fellowship at the Lombardi Cancer Center. He has dedicated his clinical practice to mesothelioma and lung cancer for the past 20 years and has published extensively on these topics, including widely read reviews on popular chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of lung cancer.

Science and Empathy being distinct opposites is a common misconception; Dr. Treat says: "Medicine is a gift that allows us to combine the scientific method with empathy. Eliminate the grocery list mentality and be empathetic." Join us as we listen to anecdotes from Dr. Treat’s life and identify the essentials of medicine and mentorship to make the leap from good to great.

Pearls of Wisdom:
1. Patients can understand when you are simply ticking off the grocery list of medical procedures. To become a GREAT physician, you must employ empathy in your practice.
2. Mentorship is an active process. It’s not magic. You must deliberately reach out to potential mentors by being an enthusiastic mentee.
3. Getting things done quickly is a critical quality. It’s an overt indicator for competence and determination. Always be swift in completing tasks.