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Why You Need an Osteopathic Physician Mentor

posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:25 AM by Explore More   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 11:32 AM ]
As a successful osteopathic medical student, you may ask yourself why you need a mentor. You get good grades and connect well with others. You got through high school and college without one. You made it into medical school and are doing well enough. All of this may be true, but a mentor in your field can make the journey much easier as you move forward into unknown territory after medical school.

A mentor that’s closely aligned with your career aspirations can help you avoid mistakes that he or she made going through the process. By listening to other’s experiences and understanding why choices were made can save you a lot of emotional turmoil and time.

A mentor can also be emotional supportive when problems arise. While not doing well in a particular class may seem insurmountable, you may find that others have made the journey and came out the other side. Mentors can provide a reality check that help you understand that you don’t have to be perfect all the time and that sometimes not doing well is simply part of life.

A mentor also can provide a great connection to others. He or she will be able to refer you to people you don’t know. These people will be able to council you on issues that will help you succeed. Also, it grows your social and professional circle. Having others to depend on will help you feel less depressed because you will have a support system while you’re going through the stress of school or residency.

A mentor can also teach you professionalism. At times during your career, you will have to work with difficult people. How you handle them will determine your career advancement and satisfaction. A mentor will be able to advise you on what to do as he or she had dealt with tough situations before. Also, they aren’t emotionally involved in your particular situation, so they can give you sound advice.