Kirby R. Gross, MD

Kirby R. Gross, MD

Army Trauma Training Detachment 

2014, 2016 & 2017 EAST Mentoring Programs Mentor

What is your institutional affiliation?

Army, current assignment Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Why do you find being an EAST mentor satisfying?

Being an EAST mentor ensures I gain an understanding of the next generation of trauma leaders. I am in the Army, so I benefit from interacting with civilian junior trauma surgeons to ensure I do not become narrow in perspective. I also have a chance to expose junior civilian trauma surgeons to military surgeons.

What advice would you give to potential Mentors regarding the optimal way(s) to advise a Mentee?

The avenues of communication (email, phone, at meetings, etc) is not as important as being available.

Why would you recommend that young EAST members seek out a Mentor through this program?

EAST Mentorship Program introduces the mentee to colleagues outside of their own institution. Extramural contacts provide awareness of different systems (educational, trauma, etc), and may enhance future career moves as well as clinical investigation opportunities.

What experiences/skills have helped you become a good Mentor?

Being available is key.

Tell us about a Mentor that had an impact on your career?

My mentor as a general surgery resident provided outstanding career advice on selection of my first job.

What one piece of advice do you have for young physicians who have chosen a career in trauma?

Seek to be a life long learner.

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