Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery Mentoring Committee

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Mentoring Committee is “to provide a structure for formal mentoring of junior faculty in order to foster academic success.”


The value of mentorship in academic medicine is increasingly being recognized as vital to the success of its faculty. Multiple studies demonstrate improvements in a number of parameters including career goal setting, understanding of paths to promotion, junior faculty retention, achievement of local, regional, or national leadership positions as part of broad professional activities, enhancement of junior faculty grant productivity, and overall faculty career success. A recent survey of chairs provides a glimpse of mentorship programs in departments of surgery in the US, with an accompanying commentary stressing the importance of career development for surgical faculty. Given the increasingly complex nature of MCW with two new regional campuses, new schools, and multiple promotion tracks, it is more imperative than ever that faculty are provided a mentoring and professional development infrastructure to succeed. Since an institutionally-based mentoring program for all faculty is not yet available, the Department of Surgery has instituted its own Mentoring Committee focused initially on the academic success of junior faculty.

Components of Mentoring - Three Pillars (short- and long-term goals) (PDF)

Academic Achievement Pillar WIN Mnemonic

W: What are my 3- and 5-year goals?

I: Importance of my CV
Abstracts, Presentations, and Manuscripts
Educator Portfolio (if applicable)

N: National/Regional Societies
To join and/or attain a leadership role

Members of the Committee

Douglas Evans, MD
Terri deRoon-Cassini, PhD
Christopher Dodgion, MD, MSPH, MBA
Matthew Goldblatt, MD
Dave Lal, MD, MPH
Brian Lewis, MD
Gwen Lomberk, PhD
Ugwuji Maduekwe, MD, MMSc, MPH
Mary Otterson, MD, MS
Philip Redlich, MD, PhD
Ryan Spellecy, PhD
Tracy Wang, MD, MPH

(updated February 2023)

Meeting Minutes (MCW login)

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Patty Hoath

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