Recognizing that peer support is vital to a doctor’s career, in 2001 the Vincent Department of OB/GYN formalized one of the country’s first faculty-mentoring programs, directed by Erin Tracy, MD, MPH (photo at left), who has published and presented nationally on the benefits of collegial support.

In informal encounters or scheduled meetings, faculty members counsel their colleagues on a wide range of issues, from difficult patient cases to balancing their professional and family lives. Since 2008, the department has honored its outstanding faculty mentors with an annual award, named for the first incumbent, Annekathryn Goodman, MD (photo above).

In nominating Dr. Goodman, a Vincent colleague wrote: “When I think of how I want to be as a doctor, I think of Annekathryn Goodman. She’s a dynamic force in the operating room, fearless and careful, and I cannot wait to learn more technique from her. She has the ability to form trusting bonds with patients. She has dedicated her life to teaching and caring for those around her, and I am so fortunate to learn from her infectious enthusiasm and spirit.”

In 2013, a prestigious mentoring award was conferred on Isaac Schiff, MD, chief of Vincent OB/GYN, who received the Mass General 2013 John T. Potts Jr., MD Faculty Mentoring Award. At the ceremony, Dr. Schiff (right) described the support he received from Dr. Potts (left), former chair of Medicine, physician-in-chief and director of research: ”His advice was thoughtful, compassionate, fair and always useful. He made it look effortless.”