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The Art of Menteeship: Lessons from the Telemachy

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

5:00 PM-6:30 PM

BIOMED Seminar

The Art of Menteeship: Lessons from the Telemachy
Raymond Sze, MD, MAMS
Associate Professor
Associate Radiologist-in-Chief
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

While much has been written on mentorship, relatively little has been devoted to menteeship. This discordance can contribute to mentees (and mentors) not understanding the mentees’ ability and responsibility to guide and optimize the mutual benefits of the relationship. In the Odyssey, Odysseus asked his good friend, Mentor, to look after his son, Telemachus, when Odysseus set off for the Trojan War. Since Mentor was the first mentor, the first mentee was Odysseus’ son, Telemachus.

The first four books of the Odyssey, also known as the Telemachy, describe the journey of Telemachus from boy to man and warrior, facing the occupation of his home by over 100 suitors and threats to his family’s safety and his life. During his journey he received guidance and mentorship from various Kings and a Goddess and was ultimately able to reunite with his father to overcome the suitors and reclaim his home and family. This presentation retells this story with additional previously “lost text” and applies lessons from a 2,700 year old poem to modern day academic training and successful menteeship.

Raymond Sze, MD, MAMS, is the Associate Radiologist-in-Chief at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Department of Radiologist. Prior to CHOP, Dr. Sze served as Chief of Radiology at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC and faculty radiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He received his training in Diagnostic Radiology at Stanford University Medical Center and completed his Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s’ Hospital.

Dr. Sze's research interests include molecular imaging and nanotheranostics, augmented interpretation using artificial intelligence, pediatric medical applications of additive manufacturing, improving the safety and quality of pediatric care through human factors engineering, and improving the pediatric patient experience with integrative medicine techniques.

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