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Originally Published by UroToday

In a UroToday discussion, Drs. Angie Smith and Zach Klaassen discuss mentorship and coaching in urology, highlighting the significance of having multiple mentors and the notion that everyone can act as both a mentor and a mentee. Dr. Smith defines mentorship as the presence of an individual in one’s life who offers career guidance, while coaching is where you have a relationship with somebody who is asking questions of you that are going to figure out the solution within yourself. Dr. Smith shares her experience of overcoming burnout through coaching, which helped her gain clarity on her objectives and motivation. Coaching is a helpful approach to address burnout, as it allows individuals to reflect on their thoughts, explore new possibilities, and distinguish between truth and falsehood when navigating challenges in their professional and personal lives.

Angela Smith, MD, MS, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development at University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Zachary Klaassen, MD, MSc, Urologic Oncologist, Assistant Professor Surgery/Urology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Georgia Cancer Center

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