The CHEST Foundation’s NetWorks Challenge Giving Month is well underway! Your donations made during the month of June will allow young, diverse clinicians the opportunity to win a travel grant and experience the CHEST Annual Meeting. The CHEST Annual Meeting is the premier education event in clinical chest medicine. Young clinicians awarded travel grants for the annual meeting will have the opportunity to enhance patient care, delivery skills, and patient outcomes with hands-on, interactive sessions while networking with expert faculty and peers from around the globe. This week of the NetWorks Challenge Giving Month is Honor Your Mentor Week. John Studdard, MD, FCCP, and President of CHEST, took time to sit down and discuss why he chose to honor his mentor through a gift to the CHEST Foundation.
Dr. Studdard feels that the value of all of relationships in his life are important and felt he has learned so much from his many mentors in life. Two mentors in particular stand out:
The first is Dr. Ed Rosenow at the Mayo Clinic.
“Having graduated from medical school from the University of Mississippi, I started my internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and subsequently, completed my fellowship in pulmonary and critical care there also. Within the first few weeks, as residents, we were randomly assigned a mentor and the first assigned to me was relatively quickly replaced by Dr. Rosenow. Here I was a 25-year-old, who had been a doctor for about 4 weeks, already getting dumped by my first advisor! So I was lucky enough to end up with Ed at an early point in my Mayo experience.”
“Over the years, Ed became an incredible mentor as well as a great, great friend. As most of you know, Ed soon became the President of CHEST and also a Master Fellow and served to encourage me at an early point to join and become involved at CHEST. Ed is an absolutely brilliant pulmonologist and an incredible educator. He always demonstrated a love for teaching and a love and commitment to his patients. His style was gracious and inclusive and always enriched with his wonderful sense of humor, which I think is so important as a demonstration of humility and not taking oneself too seriously. Having left Mayo in 1981 and returning home to Jackson, Mississippi, to practice pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine with Jackson Pulmonary Associates in “private practice,” Ed and I still talk every few weeks, and he continues to offer me mentorship and great advice.”
The second one is Dr. David Gutterman.
“David and I are different in many ways. He is a research cardiologist, and I am a private practice clinician. David has served as President of CHEST and in many other capacities, and has become, particularly over the past several years, a great example and mentor for me. [He is mentor] who continues to serve CHEST many years after his presidency, continuing to impact our field and organization on our Professional Standards Committee, [through] service on the recent Diversity and Task Inclusion Force, as Chair of the Editor in Chief Search Group, among so many things. A great mentor for me, even though our backgrounds and style are quite different. It can be so unpredictable who might become your mentor. “
Dr. Studdard chose to honor his mentors through giving during the NetWorks Challenge Giving Month.
“The recognition of the importance of mentorship, and being able to honor them in any way you can, particularly for an effort that is going to help the CHEST Foundation seems like a no-brainer to me. The CHEST Foundation is so important to us at CHEST because it gives us an opportunity to give back to who we are–pulmonary, sleep medicine, and critical care doctors, and our patients. At my age, you realize just how incredibly lucky you’ve been able to do what we do. It’s a job that we do, but it is so much more than that–it’s a passion, and the foundation is a way you can give back to philanthropically to what we are MOST involved in. To have an opportunity to recognize a mentor is just such a natural fit.”
Your generosity funds learning opportunities for young clinicians who will change the future of patient outcomes and lung diseases. Thank you for making these opportunities possible.
Your continued support will support the next generation of mentees to launch their careers (with the proper hands-on training). You can be a Champion for Lung Health and DONATE today in honor of your mentor through a new gift to the CHEST Foundation by going to chestfoundation.org/donate, or calling 224/521-9527.
Again, thank you for all you do to improve patient outcomes. You are the lung health champions who patients and families count on to positively impact lung health.