EAB Report

In recent membership surveys, the AUA community requested more offerings related to mentorship. In response to this call, the LAB is developing a mentorship program. (Thank you to those of you who already signed up to be mentors!) To complement the LAB’s mentoring program, the EAB will be offering a Mentorship Workshop preceding the annual meeting in St. Louis on Friday, March 22, 2024.

Good mentorship is one of the most influential factors in one's career. However, there is often very little training for mentors to understand what good mentoring is and how to mentor effectively. This training program will give mentors the basic skills to serve as an effective mentor and is geared toward individuals who are currently mentors and would like to improve their mentoring effectiveness. This program is not specific to research mentoring, although research mentors may gain important insights about the process of mentoring in general. We encourage all AUA members to take advantage of this opportunity as you all serve as mentors in at least one capacity.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Harriet Hopf, Professor and Executive Director of Faculty Development and Academic Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah, lead this Mentorship Workshop. She is a recognized expert in developmental relationships, including mentoring, advising, sponsorship, and coaching. She is Co-Director of the Utah Coaching and Advancement Network (U-CAN), which provides professional effectiveness and career advancement coaching programs and coaching and mentoring skills workshops at Utah Health. Numerous awards highlight her success as a mentor, including the 1999 UCSF Inaugural UCSF Graduate Students Association Faculty Mentorship Award, 2013 FAER Mentoring Excellence in Research Award, the 2017 University of Utah Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women, and the 2019 Inaugural Women in Anesthesiology Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Hopf

The Mentorship Workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to (Career) Mentoring
  • What You Bring to the Table as a Mentor
  • Setting Ground Rules and Commitments
  • Building Trust in a Mentoring Relationship
  • Using Coaching Skills in Mentoring

First preference for workshop registration will be given to those who signed up to serve as AUA Mentors. More information on details of registration will be sent out soon. Jump on this opportunity quickly, as space is limited! We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis.


Susie Martinelli, MD, FASA
Chair of Educational Advisory Board
The University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, North Carolina