Why I Chose to Become an AUA Mentor: Elizabeth A. M. Frost

In the 1960s, I did not have a mentor, rather women were tolerated until they had children and, hopefully, dropped out. I had four sons and stayed with it despite the loss of my husband at an early age. Some senior leaders took pity on me and occasionally cast me a bone, such as backing my membership in the AUA. I am extremely grateful for men like Drs. Hershey, Orkin, Artusio, and Goldiner.

I am no longer in clinical practice although I write, teach board preparation and other courses, and am editor in chief of a Lippincott monthly publication. My 60 years of experience—essentially seeing the world of anesthesia evolve—could be of use to young anesthesiologists. After all, I went from being a 23-year-old immigrant, alone in New York, to become the first female chair of an academic department in New York among most of the States.

I would hope to have empathy as well as the ability to offer guidance to mentees, especially women.

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Elizabeth A. M. Frost, MD
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Icahn Medical Center at Mount Sinai
New York, New York