The ASPNR and Bracco Diagnostics have teamed up to enhance our commitment to mentorship in Pediatric Neuroradiology. Mentorship in pediatric neuroradiology is a critical component for the training and development of the next generation of pediatric imagers. Pediatric neuroradiology is a complex and rapidly evolving field, and mentors can provide guidance and support to mentees as they learn the latest techniques, best practices, and how to navigate early careers in the specialty.
Mentors in pediatric neuroradiology can help mentees to:
- Develop their clinical skills in the interpretation of pediatric neuroimaging studies.
- Gain experience in the management of common and complex pediatric neurologic conditions.
- Learn about the latest research in pediatric neuroradiology.
- Develop their teaching and academic skills with the goal of success in the field as it relates to the mentee’s aspirations.
- Prepare for a career in pediatric neuroradiology, whether in academia or private practice.
Mentorship can also help to promote diversity and inclusion in pediatric neuroradiology. Mentors can help mentees from underrepresented backgrounds to navigate the field and achieve their career goals.
There are a number of ways to find a mentor in pediatric neuroradiology. One option is to reach out to a senior radiologist at your institution. You can also attend professional meetings and conferences like the ASPNR annual meeting, where you can meet and network with other pediatric neuroradiologists. At the annual meeting, The ASPNR will have multiple sessions focusing on mentorship, including a study group session concentrating on professional development.
If you are a mentee, it is important to be proactive in your mentorship relationship. Set clear expectations for what you are looking for from your mentor and be respectful of their time. Be prepared to ask questions and to learn from your mentor's experience.
Mentorship is a mutually beneficial relationship. Mentors can gain satisfaction from helping their mentees to succeed, and mentees can benefit from having a trusted advisor and role model. If you are interested in a career in pediatric neuroradiology, consider finding a mentor who can help you on your journey and the ASPNR is here to help!!
Here are some additional tips for finding and maintaining a successful mentoring relationship in pediatric neuroradiology:
- Be clear about your goals. What do you hope to gain from your mentorship relationship? Communicate your goals to your mentor early on so that they can support you in achieving them.
- Be proactive. Don't wait for your mentor to reach out to you. Schedule regular meetings and come prepared with questions and topics to discuss.
- Be open and honest. Be honest with your mentor about your strengths and weaknesses. They are there to help you grow and develop, so they need to know where you stand.
- Be respectful of their time. Be prepared for your meetings and be on time. If you need to reschedule, give your mentor as much notice as possible.
- Show your appreciation. Let your mentor know how much you value their guidance and support. A simple thank-you note or email can go a long way.
Mentorship is a valuable resource for pediatric neuroradiologists at all stages of their careers. The ASPNR in collaboration with Bracco Diagnostics is committed to facilitate mentorship in the field of pediatric neuroradiology. We are committed to our future.
Timothy N. Booth, M.D.
ASPNR President 2023