Featured EAST Mentoring Pair

The EAST Mentoring Committee is proud to introduce the fifth "Featured EAST Mentoring Pair", congratulations to Dr. Paul J. (PJ) Schenarts MD FACS (Mentor) and Dr. Lourdes Castanon (Mentee)! 

Drs. Schenarts and Castanon were matched as a 2017 EAST Mentoring Pair as a result of attending the 30th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly this past January 10-14, 2017 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida.  See some photos taken during the meeting and what they have to say regarding their mentorship and the EAST Mentoring Program.


Mentor - Paul J. (PJ) Schenarts MD FACS

EAST is a most unusual surgical organization in that you age out at age 50. However that doesn't mean you have to stop contributing. Having the opportunity to mentor and coach young trauma surgeons has been a wonderful experience.  I truly think I get more than I give from the experience. My hope is that a few years more experience and being geographically distant can provide the mentee with a perspective that is a little different than they may get locally.

Mentee - Lourdes Castanon, MD

Going to the EAST meeting for me is one of the highlights of the year for many reasons.  First, the whole family gets to travel to a great place and celebrate my son's birthday and mine while at the conference.  We get see friends and colleagues from all over the country.  We learn cutting edge and up to date information in our favorite field.

The added bonus for me last year was to participate in the EAST Mentoring Program.  I was matched with Dr. Paul J Schenarts.  PJ as he likes to be called and I have never met officially in person (he lives in Nebraska and I live in Pennsylvania) but we have become good friends.  We talk about everything from career advancement, complicated surgical cases, difficult situations, cars and the complexity of being a parent.  He is a wealth of information and someone I look up to.

I applaud the initiative taken by EAST to start the mentoring program.  Mentorship embodies EAST's mission statement to foster relationships within the trauma community, to further the scientific development of our chosen field and to support and develop the careers of young trauma surgeons.  I highly recommend everyone to get involved in this very rewarding activity.

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