Message for FITs, from ASNC President Raymond Russell, MD, PhD, FASNC

“You are never too young (or too old) to have a mentor.”
There, in a single sentence, is the one piece of wisdom I want to share with every cardiologist, no matter their specialty or season of life. It's has been a guiding principle for my own career and the message I share in my role as the program director of the cardiology fellowship program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

I urge you to turn to your mentor (or mentors) throughout your career, for clinical training and for wisdom as your career unfolds. Mentors can be your sounding board, your kindest and best-intentioned critic and your most loyal friend as you choose jobs, set goals, negotiate contracts or select an academic track. Your mentor may give the constructive criticism that improves your CV, hones your presentation or grant-writing skills and refines your interview savvy. Your mentor should be the person you turn to celebrate a success and learn from a failure. 
At ASNC, we aim to offer members a plethora of opportunities to launch and nurture mentee-mentor networks that will span your career. We're launching this new ASNC publication, CareerStarter, to share new developments that are likely to impact early-career imaging specialists and to compile career advice from clinicians like me who have been doing this a while. In each issue of CareerStarter, we'll feature—
  • JumpStart: A series of practice management articles, contributed by experts in the field, to help guide you through key career hurdles. The inaugural column, by Daniel F. Shay, Esq., examines key clauses in a cardiologist's employment contract.  
  • Tips for FITs: ASNC members who are enjoying the mid-career phase share insights that helped them build successful practices.
  • Been There, Done That:  These memorable anecdotes from ASNC members are from the “if only I'd known” file. Lessons we learned the hard way and want to spare you. 
  • Freebies & Deep Discounts:  Who doesn't love a deal? We'll compile nuclear cardiology's best deals for education, networking and career advancement. 
We hope you will find CareerStarter helpful and will share it with your colleague. -Raymond R. Russell III, MD, PhD, FASNC, ASNC President
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