Back in July, I wrote about a new recent graduate initiative called the Compass Mentoring Program. At that time, I talked about the goals of the program and plans for the kick-off event in Connecticut. I am pleased to announce that the kick-off event occurred October 24, 2012 at the beautiful Paradise Hills Vineyard in Wallingford, CT. The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all. Twenty recent graduates from Connecticut signed-up for the program and an equal number of experienced veterinarians volunteered to serve as mentors.
The evening began with a wine tasting and dinner, which allowed everyone to mingle in a casual setting. After dinner, there were three round-table discussions: debt management, work/life balance, and career path navigation. Serving as a facilitator, I was prepared to give advice but found I learned a great deal from the recent graduates in attendance. The evening ended with the recent graduates listing their top three choices for mentors.
Seeing everyone interact at the Compass Kick-off Event made me proud of my involvement in organized veterinary medicine. The success of the evening and the program was the result of many groups working diligently towards a common goal. The inaugural class of the AVMA Future Leaders developed the concept and details of the program. Funding was provided by the AVMA and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) along with additional funding from our industry partner, Pfizer Animal Health. The program was implemented with the support of CVMA and AVMA staff. And of course, the program could not be successful without the recent graduates and volunteer mentors who came together for a wonderful evening.
I look forward to hearing about the interactions between the recent graduates and their mentors over the coming year. Also, I can’t wait to see the program expand to other states across the country!