Aug 6, 2021
I’m so delighted that my PI from my grad school years, the great Dr. Scott Friedman, agreed to be a guest on my podcast. He exemplifies excellent mentorship and today, in fact, teaches others how it's done. For anyone looking to mentor others in the lab or otherwise, listen up and take notes! Also, please refer to his beautifully written Master’s Perspective written in Hepatology in 2015 (available on website: mudphudmindproject.com).
Some of his lessons:
Intuition can be key to finding someone who is aligned with your values and will be an advocate for you.
We also touched on a personal passion and mission of mine - to address diversity, equity and inclusion within the physician-scientist space. Scott mentioned considering his mentees partners in the pursuit of science and from that belief he took actions that reflected this.
With respect to the racial and social justice movements, he states “The trajectory of awareness and growth and improvement is continuing to move in the right direction.”
He acknowledges that we are all works in progress.
He acknowledges his white privilege and states “I’ve had nothing but privilege and opportunity in my life.” I respect that and acknowledge him for being humble in this goal of being a lifelong learner.
As a final tribute to my time in Scott’s lab, I’ll just read from the plaque that I was given upon my graduation from his lab entitled “Ten Rules for the Clinical Investigator”
From Fuller Albright