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Dakshinamurty Gullapalli, T. Sharma
Published 2010 · Medicine

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strongly encouraged that the conversations be bidirectional with regard to sharing professional background and interests. Continuing further conversation outside of these sessions regarding mentorship is particularly emphasized. During the 2009 speed-dating sessions, survey data were collected from trainees and faculty members on the value of these sessions. (The institutional review board of the Johns Hopkins University reviewed and approved these surveys.) The responses from these surveys are listed in Table 1. In addition to the responses listed in Table 1, one senior fellow remarked in a follow-up email, ‘‘I thought the second time around was even more useful than the first. It provided an excellent forum to seek career development and job search advice from senior/junior faculty of different disciplines in a short amount of time. The timing of the sessions [August] worked well in terms of strategically planning for the last year of fellowship.’’ Overall, these sessions have been popular and appear to be successful at achieving the goal of introducing trainees and faculty and initiating conversations on mentorship possibilities. These ‘‘speed dating’’ sessions continue to be held every August for all trainees within the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins. Although the numbers of participants thus far are small, longitudinal data are being collected to determine how these sessions affect the development and maintenance of longterm mentoring relationships. It is also planned to evaluate how these sessions allow fellows an opportunity to reflect on how they see themselves as future mentors.
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