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May 13, 2021

Dr. Matthew Fitz is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Loyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Fitz completed his medical school from University of Kentucky College of Medicine and residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics from Loyola University Medical Center. He was a Chief Resident, then the Internal Medicine Clerkship and Subinternship Director before transitioning into becoming the lead advisor for students in the Clinical Years and the Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Mentorship in the department of medicine. His areas of clinical and research interest include advocacy, advising, NBME subject exam assessment, and underserved medicine.

Finding an exceptional mentor is an integral part of any professional career, but it can be particularly invaluable for those in the early part of their careers in medicine. Today, Dr. Fitz speaks about starting and sustaining effective mentoring relationships, how the natural tension can actually work out in your favor, and what it really means to be a great follower & leader when it comes to receiving and accepting guidance.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Being a good leader means having a vision, communicating it effectively, working on and enabling a successful team, and surrounding yourself with people you can trust.
2. Natural tension is common in a mentor/mentee relationship. If it’s present, you shouldn't give up and walk away, especially since these relationships tend to be the most successful.
3. When working with a mentor, be respectful of their limited time. To show this, be readily available, specify the big picture, identify where you need help, and follow up afterwards.