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Oct 6, 2023

Pier Paolo Scaglioni, MD, is the Herbert F. Koch Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Cincinnati. He also serves as the Associate Director for translational research at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. Dr. Scaglioni is a physician-scientist and leads a cancer biology research laboratory along with a clinical practice in malignant hematology. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institutes.

What is the most prized possession of Medicine? As Dr. Scaglioni puts it, "Mentorship is the Holy Grail of Medicine." But does it end there? Mentors have different facets to their personalities. How can a mentee distinguish and absorb those traits that are tailored to their own clinical practice? Furthermore, can a mentee navigate the wilderness of academia without a mentor? To answer these critical questions, we are joined by Dr. Pier Paolo Scaglioni, Professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, on today's episode of Medicine Mentors. Tune in for more.

Pearls of Wisdom:
1. Mentorship is the holy grail of medicine. A mentor’s role is to help you facilitate the trajectory of your career and allow you to navigate its wilderness.
2. Mentorship brings different perspectives to the relationship. A mentee should be able to troubleshoot themselves out of default mode and try more enterprising ventures with the hand of a mentor steering their way.
3. Passion and commitment are the two predictors of success that are often reflected in our actions.