2013 Mentoring Team of the Year Recipients: Jason Hoth, David Bowton and Peter Morris
This year marks the first time that OWIMS has awarded a Mentoring Team of the Year Award and based on the very strong nomination from Dr. Aarti Sarwal (Neurology) we would like to congratulate Drs. Jason Hoth, David Bowton and Peter Morris for their exemplary mentoring efforts!
Jason Hoth, M.D.
Surgical Sciences, General Surgery
Dr. Jason Hoth has participated in the mentorship of a number of residents and fellows during his 10 years here, has participated on a number of committees and has various administrative duties related to the acute care surgery service. Despite the fact that Dr. Sarwal is his first faculty mentee, he has obviously been extremely effective as her primary mentor. Here is what she has to say about Dr. Hoth: He has been an extremely helpful mentor over last two years. He has an in-depth understanding of the challenges of being an intensivist who wants to pursue an active research career, as well. He has helped me find and establish a working relationship with Dr. Peter Morris, who is my primary research mentor now and my administrative supervisor Dr. David Bowton through the Critical Care section, department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Hoth has helped me work through the often challenging balance of being accountable to two administrative supervisors through my affiliations with department of Neurology and Critical Care section, Department of Anesthesiology. He is a very patient listener and provides constructive feedback that is very practical. He has been very thorough about following up on conflicts and issues we discussed and has been an advocate for me at other forums and meetings. He has made himself available via email and personal meetings every time I needed him and is very religious about replying in time. He doesn't try to make me feel good, but has me do the right thing for me.
David Bowton, M.D.
Professor and Section Head
Dr. David Bowton has been no stranger to leadership and mentoring during his 32 years at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He has served as the Section Head on Critical Care for 10 years, been the Medical Director of Cardiothoracic ICU and Medical Director for Neuro ICU for 10 years and the Medical Director of Respiratory Care for 25 years. He has mentored four Critical Care fellows who have achieved Program Director or Department Chair status and co-mentored two junior faculty to independent NIH funding. Dr. Sarwal has this to say about her mentoring relationship with him: I am the most junior member in my group of 12 intensivists and professionally isolated due to my professional background, education/ research and work choices. This has brought unique challenges for me. Dr. Bowton has patiently helped me streamline my role as an attending in the workplace while helping me balance my professional aspirations with focus on research. He has made himself available at all critical avenues and times to be the support behind my endeavors to bring some tough quality improvement measures. He gave me opportunities to show my work ethics and my plans and allowed me to take my own lead and defend my professional stand.
Peter Morris, M.D.
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Immunologic Medicine
Dr. Peter Morris has served as Dr. Sarwal's research mentor and she has many complimentary things to say about him: Dr. Morris has painstakingly helped me work through the challenges of being an unfunded young investigator new to the world of research. He has helped me understand how to use the resources made available to me through the TSI, how to build a research team and make it work for me. He has personally taken upon himself to seek help for me and network on my behalf by accompanying me to meetings with statisticians and seeking avenue of help from institutional leaders for kick-starting my research. Without his help, I was unable to channel the available resources to an effective research track.
Congratulations to the team of phenomenal mentors who have assisted Dr. Sarwal in building a successful career over the past two years!