In 2010, the AASLD Governing Board directed the Membership and Mentorship Committee to develop a mentorship program targeted at medical, surgical, and pediatric residents and their Mentors to attend The Liver Meeting® each year. The AASLD Emerging Liver Scholars Resident Travel Award Program is designed to promote the study of hepatology among residents who have the potential for a career in academic medicine and who may be interested in choosing adult or pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, hepatopathology, surgery or GI radiation with an emphasis on hepatobiliary imaging as their career focus.
Click above to hear Dr. Steven Herrine, Chair, Membership and Mentoring Committee, explain why investing in the AASLD Emerging Liver Scholars Resident Travel Award Program is so vital to AASLD's future.
Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else. We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience. The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement, and problem-solving.
Pictured: Oloruntoba Omobonike, MD, recipient of the 2012 AASLD Emerging Liver Scholars Resident Travel Award, Duke University, and her mentor Andrew Muir, MD, Duke University
What is a mentor?
A mentor facilitates personal and professional growth in an individual by sharing the knowledge and insights that have been learned through the years.
AASLD members would serve as mentors in this program by identifying a candidate who has an interest in liver disease and is most likely undecided on their career path. As a mentor, you must be willing to commit for the duration of The Liver Meeting® (Thursday-Monday), and provide feedback and regular follow up with AASLD about this program. You are also expected to:
- Guide the resident throughout the program, and check in daily with the resident during The Liver Meeting®
- Share knowledge, understanding, and experiences in the field of hepatology
- Facilitate career development through guidance and advice
- Provide for two-way communication
- Become the champion of the resident
What is a mentee?
A mentee is an achiever -- "groomed" for advancement by being provided opportunities to excel beyond the limits of his or her position.
A mentee must demonstrate motivation, self-direction, and personal integrity; highly developed interpersonal skills; and demonstrated leadership and potential for academic success. And -- most of all -- the desire to succeed. As a mentee, you must be willing to commit for the duration of The Liver Meeting® (Thursday-Monday) and provide feedback to your mentor and AASLD with regular follow up after the program. You are also expected to:
- Allow your mentor to guide you throughout the program, be open to suggestions about programming and attendance at certain functions throughout The Liver Meeting®
- Check in daily with your mentor
- Provide for two way communication
- Serve as a resource to your colleagues by informing them about your experience at The Liver Meeting® by working with AASLD to produce materials for future scholar award recipients
- One year of AASLD Trainee membership (includes journals)
- Free registration to the Annual Meeting, Postgraduate course, one Meet-the-Professor luncheon, Career Development Workshop, and Early Morning Workshops.
- Up to 5 nights hotel at The Liver Meeting® (Thursday-Monday nights)
- Up to 6 days actual expenses at The Liver Meeting® (reimbursed)
- Travel expenses to The Liver Meeting®
- Participation in the Emerging Liver Scholar Alumni group, continuing your opportunity to learn, and network with fellow award recipients and AASLD members.
- Complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting®
- Opportunity to assist AASLD in the development and evaluation of its efforts to promote and support the hepatology workforce
2013 Award Timeline
- Program Announcement: May
- Application Deadline: July 19
- Review and Selection: August
- Notification: August 16
- Acceptance: August 30
- Registration Confirmation: September 10
- The Liver Meeting® November 1 – 5 in Washington, DC
2012 Emerging Liver Scholars