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The Value of a Mentor LESSONS FROM DR. LOUIS MANDEL
I met Dr. Louis Mandel in my second year of dental school at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Mandel taught the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course and has been a professor at Columbia University since 1951. After completing the course, I had the privilege of spending more time with him in the Salivary Gland clinic he runs at the
LEARNING FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE WALKED THE PATH YOU ARE GOING DOWN YOURSELF OFFERS INVALUABLE INSIGHT. “
university. Dr. Mandel instilled his passion for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in me, and I felt very fortunate to work so closely with an expert who had spoken on the international stage. He continues to be one of my greatest mentors. Having a good mentor is important when you’re trying to succeed in your career or achieve any life goal. Developing a
relationship with a trusted mentor not only teaches you about the specifics of a career — in my case, surgery — but it also provides a glimpse into what kind of personal life you can expect. Learning from people who have walked the path you are going down yourself offers invaluable insight. The best mentors will able to share the mistakes they’ve made to let you knowwhat to avoid or how to overcome certain obstacles. Additionally, I believe understanding the value of having a mentor inspires a person to look for mentoring opportunities of their own — to “pay it forward,” as they say. During my surgical residency as well as my time practicing, I’ve made a point of taking a page from Dr. Mandel’s book. I have had the pleasure of spending extended periods of time with many students interested in the field of oral surgery. It is very rewarding to share your knowledge with others and help them along their career paths. Not every student I worked with decided to commit to oral surgery, but I was happy to help inspire those who did. And it’s good to help
students recognize when a field isn’t right for them before they become too invested.
There have been many occasions in my life when I have been grateful for the guidance of my mentors, including Dr. Mandel and other people I have connected with in the past. No matter what your career or goals in life may be, seeking out a mentor is a valuable investment. Finding the right person for both parties, mentee and mentor, may be a challenge, but it’s extremely rewarding.
–Dr. Harrison Linsky
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