Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…
Jeff welcomes to the podcast Urologist and mentor, Dr. Tim Terry. Tim has been a visiting professor in four countries and has published more than 90 academic articles.
Tim focuses a lot of his work on the importance of mentoring in the United Kingdom (which is quite similar to coaching).
Mentoring is particularly crucial when surgeons are changing job roles. The first year as a new consultant surgeon is, arguably, the most challenging of a surgeon’s entire career since it encompasses a host of challenges all occurring in a short period of time. All new surgeons can benefit greatly from mentoring during such a transitional period.
New surgeons can approach senior colleagues for “generic mentoring” in the form of advice, supervision, and even counseling. However, for professional development, it’s important to seek out a trained mentor for developmental mentoring.
What steps does Tim suggest we take to begin a developmental mentoring relationship?
- Step 1 – Understand that mentoring/coaching can help significantly during your first year in practice.
- Step 2 – Identify and contact trained mentors/coaches early on in your career.
- Step 3 – Set up an agreement or contract that defines the terms of the mentoring/coaching relationship.
Most importantly, we need to PRACTICE mentoring and coaching!
Timothy Terry, BSc MB BS FRCS MS Dip Med Ed
- Consultant Urological Surgeon BSc MB BS FRCS MS Dip Med Ed East Midlands,UK
- Associate Professor Health Sciences, Leicester University,
- Visiting Professor Urology , Nottingham Trent University
- Previously Council Member RCS England
- Previously BAUS Secretary & Trustee
- Previously Associate Postgraduate Dean EMLETB
- Urologist, Educationalist & Mentor