By: Lauren Hughes
The CHEST Foundation’s NetWorks Challenge Giving Month is well underway! Your donations made during the month of June will allow young clinicians the opportunity to win a travel grants 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. Demondes Haynes, MD, FCCP, took time to sit down and discuss why he chose to honor his mentor through a gift to the CHEST Foundation.
Dr. Haynes has had several mentors over the course of his career, but one stands out to him in particular: Dr. Doug Campbell. Dr. Campbell is a pulmonary and critical care physician who was the division chief at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. “When I was finishing my chief residency, the entire pulmonary division imploded. All of the faculty left, except one or two professors, and all those who were going to become fellows here started looking for other places to go. I was actively looking as well…planning to leave my home state, which was not my initial plan. Dr. Campbell came in about that time and promised me that if I gave him some time, we could rebuild the division. He told me if I stayed for my fellowship, I could really help rebuild it. From that day forward he was my mentor. I stayed for my fellowship under Dr. Campbell.
He delivered on all of those promises. He taught pulmonary medicine extremely well. Not only was a he a great clinician, but he built up the faculty–started a telemedicine program for the ICU, brought in a diverse set of faculty that had all trained at other institutions. He really helped build the program up to be a strong program. I was very happy I choose to stay and learn under his leadership.”
Doug Campbell not only had an impact on Dr. Haynes’s professional life, but also his personal life. “When I agreed to stay for my fellowship, he sent a beautiful handwritten note to my mother, thanking her for raising me to be respectful. She was amazed.” Dr. Haynes mother passed 10 years ago. The night before the funeral at the visitation, Dr. Campbell brought the card his mother sent back–an exchange that Dr. Haynes never knew took place. “It really meant the world to me, not only had he mentored me in my academic career, but he made those personal touches. Those moments are very special to me.”
Dr. Haynes is now mentoring residents and feels it is even more rewarding being a mentor. “You actually get to invest in others, and when you invest in others, the best comes out in them. Sometimes, in this mentoring role, you’re helping people uncover what their qualities are. Sometimes they don’t even know what they are capable of until you push them just a little bit. That’s been so rewarding. I have been blessed, my mentors have invested so much in me, and I am able to pay it forward and give back.”
Dr. Haynes chose to honor Dr. Campbell through giving during the NetWorks Challenge Giving Month. “The NetWork Challenge is great because part of our mission as an organization is philanthropy. We are an education organization, and, in medicine in general, we should support philanthropy. We talk a lot about empathy for our patients… and giving back is just a small part of that. There is a scripture that says, ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ I truly believe that. I believe that it should just be an ingrained part of our calling as physicians.”
Your generosity funds young clinicians’ learning opportunities that 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 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.