Still need convincing? Here are six top myths about being a mentor:
1. Being a mentor takes a lot of time · FALSE!
2. You have to be a UW Grad to participate · FALSE!
3. You have to live in the greater Seattle area · FALSE!
4. I wouldn’t make a good mentor · FALSE!
5. There’s no benefit to being a mentor · FALSE!
6. The guys have it all wrapped up · FALSE!
The truth is, it’s fun — and UW Dental Students need your expertise
You could say that Dr. Gary Heyamoto’s experience with the Mentor Program was solid: he ended up hiring one of the students he mentored to be an Associate in his practice. With the program since its inception, Heyamoto describes his experience helping young dentists as "wonderful," and encourages practicing dentists to give back and support future dentists. Heyamoto says that in his role as mentor, he helped students obtain extracted teeth, talked shop, and even discussed personal issues. The beauty of the program is that participants get to choose what level of involvement they’d like to have. Kainoa Trotter, Director of Membership and Communications for the WSDA explains, “Becoming a mentor doesn’t have to involve a huge time commitment — some communicate only via email and have just one face-to-face meeting a year, others interact more frequently — there are no set rules.”
Additionally, you needn’t have graduated from the UWSoD to participate, all WSDA members are welcome. And, geography doesn’t have to be a deciding factor — mentors and students routinely communicate via email and phone.
Become a mentor. Sign up for the program here. Have questions? Contact Laura Rohlman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 800-448-3368. The mentor reception will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6-8:30, at the Burke Museum, on the UW campus.