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19 Apr, 11 tweets, 10 min read
1/ #Mentorship 🧵

This woman is my #mentor (pic w perm). Joan W Bennett. She’s in @theNASciences as geneticist & mycologist. Today we are at the Parthenon in Nashville TN where after 35 YEARS, she still provides me council…


#MedTwitter #Sciencetwitter
2/ Dr. Bennett taught me that mentorship is not a job w an endpoint. She assumed this role IN my life FOR life. Today we talked as much about parenting as science. We are in each other’s front row. This is the depth of a true mentor-mentee relationship.
#MedEd @theNAMedicine
3/ Like any relationship, there must be chemistry & connection. If you don’t have that w a “mentor,” maybe you have the wrong person. Build a relationship not a business arrangement. It’s also NOT just a trajectory to promotion. #Mentorship is “whole” person care & development.
4/ A common pitfall occurs when the #mentee is passive & doesn’t exert energy TOWARDS the mentor. Remora (sucker) fish hitch a ride on sharks. In a sense, this is you two making an active decision to stay close & learn bidirectionally from each other.
5/ Joan (my 1st mentor) taught me genetics. I identified mutants in the secondary pathway of aflatoxin biosynthesis. Long nights of UV light & plating aspergillus @Tulane paid off. She nurtured my love of #Science toward #Medicine. Our talents were different yet complementary.
6/ She is never shy about red ink verbally or in writing. She tells me straight when I’m wrong. No sugar coating. My job is to listen & not take things personally. Being soft hinders. She doesn’t have time to smooth the edges & I appreciate every unfiltered morsel I get from her.
7/ Mentor-mentee relationships like mine w Dr. B are MUCH more important than the original idea, experiment, or grant. This “human chemistry in action” breeds the next scientific discovery & creates a pallet of “love of the game” that becomes unstoppable & lives on for decades.
8/fin Mentee-Mentorship 🧵

Seek the right person more diligently than the right project. Make sure your mentor is someone who cares more about YOU than the #career, the #science, the #grant. Then, 35 years later, you’ll have a picture like this to #treasure!
#love #truth
3000 years ago, in Homer’s ancient #poem The Odyssey, Mentor was a friend of Ulysses Odysseus. When Odysseus left for 20 yrs to fight the Trojan War, he entrusted Mentor to advise & look over his infant son Telemachus…
#AcademicTwitter #MedStudentTwitter #TipsForNewDocs
💥 So in #Greek #mythology, Mentor became the 1st mentor, to serve 7 roles: teacher, sponsor, advisor, agent, role model, coach & confidante.

📝 Dr. Martin Tobin (who testified #GeorgeFloyd trial) on roles of a mentor: bit.ly/2QETAKx

#Racism #medtwitter #equity #meded
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1/ Do data support pt trial off sedation for “SAT” when pt is comfortable on current dose? Yes
Shared w permission:
“Dr. Ely, yesterday our ICU #nurses went over #A2Fbundle in Epic for implementation. Do you recommend SAT at RASS Goal of RASS -1 to +1?
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2/ Excellent #Nurse added:

“We are currently not doing SAT (Spontaneous Awakening Trial) but keeping pt’s RASS -1 to +1.  Just want to make sure we are interpreting #A2Fbundle correctly.”
#medstudenttwitter #COVID19 #pandemic
3/ my Answers:

Great questions. I don’t think +1 (anxiety) is ever a good goal but 0 to -1 is a 👍 default target RASS if we acknowledge there are times when sedation target should acceptably be set as deep as -3/-4 in bad #ARDS or -5 transiently when pt requires paralytics.
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Mom: “So I guess that’s why you didn’t hang out with her much.”

😳 Zing!
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1/ Scientific Discovery: time & patience
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How did we start?

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2/ Scientific Discovery: takes time

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Green Urine: #NEJM
....will be seen in #COVID – Why? Massive use of Propofol. While Green Urine is Benign, effects of prolonged over-sedation & immobilization ++ #DELIRIUM are not 😤 Wake them up & get out of bed. Start w/SAT…#A2Fbundle & #PICS

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