A Guiding Hand: Finding a Mentor

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Karen Horton, MD, a plastic surgeon in private practice in San Francisco, credits her first mentor, Christopher Forrest, MD, of the University of Toronto, with putting her on the path to her career. “I spent an hour and a half doing rounds with him, and when we returned to his office, I said, ‘I want to do this,’” says Dr. Horton. “He took me under his wing. He opened doors, helped me get involved in clinical research, and gave me a firsthand perspective on being a physician. He was the gateway to my whole career.” Today Dr. Horton is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an international speaker and author, in addition to her role as surgeon and private practice owner.

As she discovered early in her career, mentors can provide valuable counsel and expose you to new opportunities—especially during times of transition, whether from medical school to residency, residency to employment, or employment to practice ownership.
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