The goal of our collective push toward research mentorship is really to ensure that the supply of anesthesiology, critical care and pain practitioners, with the interest and ability to conduct cutting-edge research, remains strong. Why? Because research is what brought our specialty to where it is today, and research will be necessary to take us to the future. Our investigative activities are what keep us at the table of academic medical specialties as true partners. In essence, no research, no specialty.

But successful mentorship is complex; more than mentorship is required. First, and perhaps foremost, it requires a committed and capable mentee. All mentors with any experience will attest to this. The very best mentor will get nowhere with a mentee who lacks curiosity, motivation or the basic education of what research is all about. Many such mentees feel...

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