June 1, 2012
Dear USCAP Friend,
As I near the conclusion of my residency, I can easily pinpoint an individual mentor who profoundly influenced me, and provided me with that first “Ah-Hah” moment of revelation in my approach to the pathologic basis of disease. We were sitting at the microscope when suddenly the many facts that had previously been swimming around in my mind became aligned. Can you recall the same moment when diagnoses became logical, and learning pathology changed from a task to a passion?
For this reason, the USCAP Foundation is launching its Mentor Recognition Program, so that we may express our gratitude to those who have helped us along regardless of where we are in our careers….residents to seasoned pathologists. We can all say “thank you” while benefiting the USCAP Foundation. Is there someone who helped to keep your practice on the cutting edge, an attending at your residency program who inspired you to pursue your area of expertise, or simply another pathologist without whom your career would not have been the same? If yes, then please take this opportunity to honor them. The person you designate does not have to be a member of USCAP, but can be any practicing or retired pathologist. In return for your gift, your mentor will receive notification of your generous tribute.
Additionally, the USCAP Foundation will keep a running tally of the “Top 10 Mentors” and post updates monthly on the USCAP website.
Every gift counts and small donations add up, so nominate the mentor who makes a difference to you and others. The drive will come to a close at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland where these final ten mentors will be announced and prominently displayed for all to celebrate.
A mentor is one of the most influential figures in the life of an aspiring medical professional. I hope you will take this unique opportunity to look back and honor that special individual who may have helped pave the way for you.
Kari Hooper, M.D.
Residency, Anatomic/Clinical Pathology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
P.S. I’m kicking off the campaign by honoring MY mentor, Dr. Charles Matthew Quick, M.D. at University of Arkansas Medical Center. Return the attached reply card with your tax deductible gift to honor the person who has made a profound difference in your career as a pathologist!