Dr. Nigrovic underscored that mentors can provide an important external perspective for fellow and junior faculty considering a career in research. In addition, he emphasized a very positive side effect of helping connect mentees to mentors: Interinstitutional mentoring relationships help connect mentees to the national rheumatology community.
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“We all know that developing a career is difficult, and this is certainly true for those interested in research,” he says. “Programs like AMIGO and CARMA convey the desire of the ACR to be there for all members of the community, and represent a meaningful and highly cost-effective investment in our future as a profession.”
Mary Beth Nierengarten is a freelance medical journalist based in Minneapolis.
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