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ASLMS Mentorship Program

The ASLMS Mentorship Program (AMP) is designed to connect residents and early career members with more senior members of our society to work on a specific project over a one-year period and build relationships. The projects may be chosen from a list of board-directed initiatives or created by the mentee, and should benefit the ASLMS membership in some way.

The AMP program will be virtual and can adapt based on the mentor and mentee’s schedules.  Because this is a project-based program, you will work with your mentor to clearly define the project’s goals and objectives. 

Best of all, AMP is available to all ASLMS members that play a role in lasers and energy-based devices.  All positions and specialties are welcome to participate.  



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Bridget Myers, MD
ASLMS MENTEE

"The ASLMS mentorship program provided me with a truly invaluable opportunity to work alongside one of the leaders in laser and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Edward V. Ross. Our project was creating an updated review summarizing the clinical endpoints for laser and light-based devices in dermatology. Being able to work on this with an esteemed expert in this field was immensely educational, motivating, and practically useful as I begin my early career. I highly recommend the opportunity to other dermatologists-in-training!"


Interested?


Step 1: Complete an application

Step 2: Identify a project from either the suggested list or create one of your own

Step 3: Ask ASLMS to find a mentor or identify one you’ve already selected

Step 4: Submit a completed application

(let the magic happen!)

Step 5: Complete your project!


Participation Requirements

ASLMS members who are early in their careers, new to the practice of lasers, lights, and energy-based devices, or students (resident, fellow, post-doctorate) will have the opportunity to work with an established ASLMS member to complete a project either recommended by ASLMS or of personal interest.  Projects are limited to those relative to ASLMS’ mission and vision.

Student and non-student applicants are welcome to participate but membership is required.  If you are not an ASLMS member, you may apply for membership by visiting Membership | Join.  Special student rates are available.


Application

Applications for mentorships are being accepted.  Mentor and mentee will work together to determine project completion dates. Projects should be completed within one year of the start date. No funding is available for this program.

  • Choose a project from the list provided by ASLMS or submit a project of your choice. You may ask ASLMS to assign a mentor or you may coordinate a mentor in advance. Participation is subject to the availability of mentors.
  • It is the responsibility of each mentor and mentee to coordinate the duration of the project.

To apply, use the printable application. Work with your mentor to complete the application and obtain the necessary signatures. 

The following documents must be attached:

  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Essay (1,000 words or less) outlining career goals, educational goals, and how the mentorship program will impact the applicant’s future or current practice of using lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications.
  • Signed and dated Mentee Release Form and Mentor Release Form

Applications should be emailed to information@aslms.org


Approval Process

The ASLMS Early Career Mentorship Committee is responsible for the final decision on approving applications for a mentorship.

Mentee applicants will be accepted based upon the merit of:

  • Career and educational goals.
  • How the project will impact future or current practice of using lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications.

Post-Project Mentee Requirements

Upon completion of the mentorship project, mentees must submit to ASLMS:

  • Project results submitted in coordination with the mentor. 
    • Information-based projects will reside on the ASLMS website and will be accessible to members and potentially non-members. Please follow the guidelines for presentations. By submitting this project, you are giving ASLMS permission to update information provided in order to keep it accurate and current with the industry.
    • Research-based projects will submit an abstract and will follow all abstract submission instructions and requirements.  Research should be submitted as an abstract within two Annual Conferences to ensure the project is completed in a timely fashion. While funding is not available through the ALSMS Mentorship Program, refer to the educational grant information within the Annual Conference abstract section to consider applying for funds if needed.
  • Timesheet and evaluation (using the forms provided by ASLMS).
  • A brief report (1,000 words or less) outlining the experience. Reports are to be submitted via email to information@aslms.org. Mentee reports may be shared in member newsletters, on the website, and in other marketing materials.
  • High-resolution (300 dpi or greater) color photograph/headshot in .png, .pdf, .eps, .tiff or .jpg format.

Mentorship Project Testimonials

ALSMS mentees share their experiences with their mentors.

  • Bobak Pousti, MD, MBA

    Bobak Pousti, MD, MBA shares his experience with his mentor, Peter R. Shumaker, MD 

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    Engaging in the mentor‑mentee research under the guidance of Dr. Shumaker has significantly enhanced my critical thinking skills and refined my research capabilities. Dr. Shumaker's exemplary mentorship, coupled with his remarkable expertise as a physician, positions him as a distinguished advocate for patients on both national and international fronts. The privilege of learning under his tutelage has been a source of immense gratification and honor. Reflecting on my involvement in this project, I am deeply appreciative of the invaluable lessons garnered, which I am poised to carry forward into my professional journey as a fervent advocate for patients' rights and well-being.

    Working alongside Dr. Shumaker has provided me with a profound opportunity to delve into the intricacies of research methodology and analysis. His guidance has instilled in me a deeper understanding of how to approach complex problems with analytical rigor and precision. Through his mentorship, I have cultivated the ability to critically evaluate information, discern patterns, and draw meaningful conclusions—a skill set that will undoubtedly serve as a cornerstone in my future endeavors.

    Beyond his role as a mentor, Dr. Shumaker embodies the essence of a compassionate and dedicated physician. His unwavering commitment to advocating for the best interests of patients transcends geographical boundaries, manifesting in impactful contributions to healthcare both nationally and internationally. Witnessing his fervent advocacy has been not only inspiring but also instrumental in shaping my own aspirations as a future healthcare professional.

    As I reflect on the culmination of this project, I am filled with gratitude for the mentorship and guidance provided by Dr. Shumaker. His mentorship has not only enriched my academic pursuits but has also left an indelible mark on my personal and professional growth. I am immensely grateful for the privilege of learning from such a distinguished mentor, and I am confident that the lessons imbibed during this journey will continue to resonate throughout my career.

    Enhancing Traumatic Scar Management, A Literature Review Access Presentation

  • Jay Chittoor, DO

    Jay Chittoor, DO shares his experience with his mentor, Nazanin Saedi, MD

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    I am extremely grateful to ASLMS and Dr. Nazanin Saedi for the opportunity to work on the skin laxity project. Skin laxity is a widely prevalent concern for patients entering dermatology clinics, and the last three decades of research have provided us with several new technologies. The use of both energy-based devices and micro-coring have provided safe and effective, minimally invasive treatment options with rapid recovery time. In this review article, I dove deep into the mechanisms of action behind each device and highlighted salient clinical studies. Being a military resident who works with active duty members and veterans, I am particularly interested in collagen remodeling in the setting of scars and burns. Through this project, I have a much better understanding how to maximize my results safely and effectively.

    Working with Dr. Saedi is inspiring, as she is at the frontier of innovation in dermatology. I’ve really enjoyed attending her lectures at ASLMS and other major conferences, and I appreciate the virtual reviews sessions she has organized for resident in-service exams. As a mentor for this project, she has provided personal insight into the benefits and drawbacks of each device and shared with me some common settings she uses in clinic.

    Since my introduction into ASLMS, I’m more passionate than ever to become an expert in energy-based devices and micro-coring. Additionally, I’m excited to see what the future holds as these devices continue to revolutionize cosmetic and medical dermatology.

    Minimally Invasive Procedural Treatments for Skin Laxity Access Document

  • Stephanie von Csiky-Sessoms, MD

    Stephanie von Csiky-Sessoms, MD shares her experience with her mentors, Jeffrey Dover, MD, FRCPC, Thomas Rohrer, MD, and Jessica G. Labadie, MD

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    The intention of this project was to create easy to use laser safety checklists that can easily be implemented in healthcare facilities in order to improve safety for patients as well as healthcare providers. I worked closely with doctors Labadie, Dover, and Rohrer over the last few months to create this product. The primary goal of our mentorship project was to bridge the gap between theoretical safety guidelines and their practical implementation.

    The attendings I worked with brought a wealth of real-world experience, sharing invaluable insights into the day-to-day challenges faced by healthcare practitioners. This firsthand knowledge proved instrumental in drafting checklists that were not only comprehensive but also user-friendly, ensuring that individuals across different expertise levels could easily grasp and implement safety measures. Doctors Labadie, Dover and Rohrer worked with me to fine-tune the language, structure, and content of the checklists. This iterative process ensured that the final product was not only accurate and thorough but also aligned with the practical needs and preferences of end-users.

    Device-Specific Checklists for Laser Safety | Access Document

  • Kavya Desai, MD, MPH

    Kavya Desai, MD, MPH shares her experience with her mentors, Nazanin Saedi, MD, and Mara Weinstein, MD

    desai-web-testimonialI was fortunate to learn about and participate in the ASLMS mentorship program during residency. I have an interest in treating skin of color conditions, and one of the projects really caught my eye. I loved the idea of building a primer to help educate other residents on important considerations when treating skin of color patients with laser devices.

    I had a great time learning from my mentors, Dr. Nazanin Saedi and Dr. Mara Weinstein. They gave me such wonderful feedback based on their real world knowledge, experience, and review of the evidence-based practices. This experience definitely helped prepare me for clinical practice after residency.

    Skin of Color Laser Primer | Access Document

  • Jonathan Kentley, MBBS, MSc

    Jonathan Kentley, MBBS, MSc shares his experience with his mentor, Anthony Rossi, MD, FAAD

    Jonathan Kentley, MBBSThe ASLMS mentorship has been a hugely beneficial experience, which I have no doubt will positively impact my future career. As a UK-based dermatology resident, we receive very little exposure to lasers during our training and the mentorship has allowed me to build a baseline knowledge of the different types of energy-based devices employed in dermatology and their indications.
     
    Working with Dr. Anthony Rossi afforded me an unparalleled opportunity to learn from one of the leaders in the field, and he drew my attention to a number of principles I had not come across in my reading. Furthermore, I have a particular interest in setting up a local laser unit to manage chronic radiation dermatitis, and Dr. Rossi has been tremendously supportive in providing advice to allow me to achieve my long-term career goals.
     
    Writing the primer allowed me to take an extensive “deep dive” into the literature, increasing my understanding of physics, tissue interactions, and the many different types of laser available. I was surprised to find how many cutaneous lesions are suitable for treatment with energy-based devices and enjoyed reviewing the images of clinical response to treatment in the many papers that I read.
     
    The mentorship has allowed me to build a foundation knowledge of energy-based devices, and I hope to build on this in the future through more hands-on training to put this into practice.

    Laser Primer: Vascular Lesions, Pigmented Lesions & Resurfacing | Access Document

     



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