Bringing like-minded people together
From mentee to mentor, AAD member Jeremy S. Bordeaux, MD, MPH, FAAD finds mentorship important.
Dr. Bordeaux’s story
I first heard about the Academic Dermatology Leadership Program (ADLP) from friends and became interested myself. I heard from my friends that had participated that it was an amazing experience as a mentee, and then I was fortunate enough to be a mentee in the 2008 class. Being a mentee was great. Dr. Vic Marks was my mentor and he was kind, caring, giving of his time, and very helpful.
The first time I attended the Leadership Forum, it was great. I learned so many things — better communication, better leadership, decision-making. I was able to meet and interact with amazing people who truly enjoyed mentoring and guiding others. Now, I believe I’ve attended over 10 times! Over the years I’ve made invaluable friends.
In addition to being an ADLP mentor around 10 times, one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done was chair the ADLP. My time as the ADLP chair gave me the opportunity to help develop multiple current and future leaders in our specialty. It was just so fun and rewarding.
But I found the ADLP important because it brings like-minded people together. It surrounds people who want to teach, and mentor, and develop people, with those who want to grow. It has given me lifelong friendships.
This leadership training had a good effect on my practice. I am a better communicator, leader, and listener. I am more effective. I have a much higher level of self-awareness and in my personal life, it has made me a better spouse, parent, and friend.
When I was a mentee I was lucky enough to have the best mentor of all time — Dr. Mary Maloney! Now, over 10 years later and as a mentor myself, I feel privileged and humbled to be able to interact with and help some amazing people.
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