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Mentorship in neurointerventional surgery
  1. James M Milburn1,
  2. Joshua A Hirsch2
  1. 1 Radiology, Ochsner Medical System, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  2. 2 NeuroEndovascular Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr James M Milburn, Radiology, Ochsner Medical System, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; jmilburn{at}

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From the dawn of time, society and the individuals that form it have benefited from the mentor/mentee relationship. In 2021, the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) formalized its mentorship program. With that new NeuroInterventional chapter opened, it would seem to be a good time to define mentorship in medicine, discuss why it is important, and explain what is being done at SNIS to serve its/our members.

Mentorship in clinical medicine is typically a relationship between junior and senior physicians where a more experienced practitioner aids the personal and professional development of a less experienced mentee. Most people have, at a minimum, had informal mentors during training and along their career paths. For many, it involves giving/receiving advice and moving careers forward to the next stage. The Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery has published multiple articles that highlight the importance of such mentors in career development and research.1–4 While most physicians have experienced …

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