Dr. Elizabeth Loder honored with Senior Faculty Mentor Award at 2014 CFDD Pillar Awards
|Dr. Elizabeth Loder|
The John R. Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital has an active training program. Each year there are two fellows in the center who work closely with the six attending physicians. Dr. Loder points out those fellows often go on to found headache centers of their own or start working in other major headache centers. “We’ve been very pleased with the achievements of our graduates so far,” she says.
Dr. Loder, along with Dr. Paul Rizzoli, Clinical Director at the John R. Graham Headache Center, has taken the formal mentoring program offered at BWH in order to take steps to make mentoring a more formal process. “It really is something that can be standardized and structured and put in place on a systematic level,” she says. In fact, this was the first year she signed mentoring contracts with her fellows.
In the John R. Graham Headache Center, everyone participates in the mentoring process. “The mentoring award was a reflection of the time really all of us here spend in working with the fellows, as well as other junior faculty members here: trying to help them develop, design and carry out research projects; teaching them how to critically appraise the medical literature; trying to help them find their place in the headache medicine field; encouraging them to sign up for and go to meetings; helping introduce them to people in the headache field; encouraging them to write and give talks; and helping them as they plan and carry out those activities,” she says.
As a young physician, Dr. Loder was lucky enough to encounter those who were willing to help her along the way, but she never experienced any formal mentoring. She now finds it very rewarding to be in a position to mentor the next generation. “That’s a very enjoyable part of our job. And we like to think that not only do we help patients, but we help ensure the future of headache medicine by training the next generation,” she says.
She is thrilled that formal mentoring has become more wide spread. She says the fact this award exists “reflects a general trend to take this much more seriously and realize how important it is for the development of young people in the medical field. It has always happened naturally and on a casual basis, but now it’s going to happen on a more regular basis, which is all to the good and certainly a gratifying part of practice.”