Our research group1 reported that about a quarter of dermatology residents do not feel that they have a mentor, and we agree with Donovan that poorly mentored and unmentored dermatology residents miss a substantial educational benefit. Successful programs targeting residents for mentoring, however, must avoid paternalistic transgression of their autonomy. The Find a Mentor program of the Society of Investigative Dermatology (SID) seems aptly suited for this delicate, challenging task.2 This initiative provides an online database of SID members who have expressed interest in mentoring residents and fellows at a distance in areas of shared scientific interest.2 Hopefully, a formal evaluation of the use of the Find a Mentor database will provide direction for determining its success, refining its aims, and facilitating its dissemination across the field of dermatology.
Dellavalle RP, Freeman SR, Greene RE. Mentoring Satisfied Residents—Reply. Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(3):336-337. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2008.621