Mentoring Resources

Below are links to pages containing a variety of resource sorted by the topics listed.

ASCRS Mentoring Program

Members of ASCRS have a vast wealth of knowledge regarding career development, research, leadership and practice building. The goal of the ASCRS Mentoring Program is to promote the personal and professional growth of young colorectal surgeons by providing mentorship and networking over a one-year period with an emphasis on learning how to be meaningfully engaged in national colorectal surgery activities. Junior members will be paired one-to-one with more experienced members of ASCRS and follow a planned pathway designed to facilitate a formal relationship that can be tailored to the mentees' needs and interests. The relationship will develop through a series of meetings and milestones as well as engagement in a national colorectal surgery activity (selected based on mentee goals and preferences). 


Leadership is not taught formally at any level in surgical training.  However, to be a strong surgeon, one must demonstrate professionalism, emotional competence, communication skills, resilience, and a plethora of other non-technical skills.  This section contains resources that will provide a foundation for further developing the leadership skills necessary for colorectal surgeons. 

How to Build a Practice

Surgical training prepares residents and fellows for the rigors of the operating room.  However, the business acumen necessary to negotiate a contract, build a practice, understand career options, and build a successful career are infrequently discussed.  This section contains resources that provide guidance for surgeons looking to understand how to build a practice.  

The Business of Surgery

Most surgeons do not have the desire or the time to obtain the training necessary to understand the intricacies of the business of medicine.  However, having a solid foundation in the pertinent aspects of the intersections of surgery and business are integral to building solid courier.  This section addresses billing and coding, personal finance, practice and hospital economics and other important topics related to the business of surgery. 

Work-Life Integration

The completion of residency and fellowship is just the beginning.  Effectively integrating her life away from the operating room as an important step in building resilience and addressing other important aspects of life.  This section addresses time management, retirement, burnout and dealing with difficult situations inside and outside of the OR. 

Surgical Education
Building a Research Career
Faculty Development

Career development in academic surgery are important aspects of leading a fulfilling career.  Those fortunate enough to have strong mentors may have a roadmap laid before them while others must learn independently.  This section addresses issues such as promotion, obtaining advanced degrees, and the personal development needed to advance a career in academic surgery.