During training, we often feel unempowered. We aren’t yet attendings, but we have also accomplished so much more than we realize. We need to acknowledge that we are in positions of power to other women in need of mentorship and sponsorship. In this final part of our four part series on sponsorship, will will discuss how to sponsor while in training.
Even as a medical student, you can sponsor a more junior student, or a high school/college premedical student. During residency, you can sponsor a medical student you’ve worked with.
An excellent way to sponsor is to suggest women for opportunities when you are in a role to nominate others. Or, if you find yourself turning an offer down, consider suggesting another woman or someone you want to sponsor in your stead. According to the ever-prolific Dara Kass, MD “Opportunities are not finite. Share yours. Sponsoring other women adds to your career and impact.”
Some examples of sponsorship in medical training: