Luis J. Garcia, MD

Luis J. Garcia, MD

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

2017 EAST Mentoring Program Mentor

Why do you find being an EAST mentor satisfying?

I participated in the program as a mentee several years back. The advice and mentorship that I received was outstanding. Being able to pay it forward and get young surgeons excited about and involved in EAST is extremely satisfying.

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

Be honest and supportive. Set realistic goals and set a timeline for accomplishing those goals. Be available.

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

EAST is a great organization that allows young surgeons to be involved in an organization early in their careers. The EAST mentorship program facilitates that and will also provide mentorship to help you accomplish your career goals.

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

Honesty, dedication, and availability. I have had a number of outstanding mentors in residency and fellowship. Modeling their behavior and work ethic has helped in becoming a good mentor.

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

Dave Efron, Chief of Trauma at Johns Hopkins. I had the pleasure of working with Dave for two years during my fellowship at Johns Hopkins. His mentorship and support was amazing. I still call Dave with questions on a regular basis.

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

Take time for yourself, achieve work life balance. Enjoy everyday, because as trauma surgeons, we truly make a difference everyday at work.

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