By Alissa Craft, DO, MBA, FACOP
ACOP PULSE Editor
Alissa Craft, DO, MBA, FACOP
In this issue of the PULSE we pay tribute to Dr. Arnold Melnick who served as Editor of the PULSE for many years, in addition to all of the other amazing things he contributed to our profession and our society. In his honor, I want to share a tribute that I initially wrote for my mentor, another great osteopathic pediatrician, Ben Cohen, DO.
“In Greek mythology, Mentor was Odysseus's trusted counselor, in whose guise Athena became the guardian and teacher of Telemachus. In modern time, a mentor can be defined as wisdom personified.
We throw that word around somewhat casually now. We call anyone senior to us a mentor; someone who provides advice - once.
In fact, a mentor should not truly provide advice, they should provide insight. A mentor should hold up a mirror for us and allow us to reflect - in a somewhat dispassionate way.
As I have acquired my gray hairs I have often thought about whether I could be a mentor to someone.
Recently a student called me and said, I know you helped so much with my pediatrics application. But as I started to submit applications I just began to think peds isn't for me. I didn't know how to tell you because I didn't want to disappoint you.
In that moment I realized the value of a true mentor. You can’t ever disappoint a true mentor - they respect your pace, your sometimes winding road, and your need for exploration.
Today we recognize my mentor. A man who stood by me with a smile and a nod as I sprinted from the gate and quickly lost steam, as I tried surgery and emergency medicine and family medicine before finding pediatrics, as I explored every corner of the US and every role in medical education.
Initially I thought my story today needed to reflect Dr. Cohen's integration of the humanities in medicine or his love of music. Or his leadership at WesternU. Or any one of his many accomplishments.
But when I think of him, I remember him as a pediatrician, as an educator, and most significantly – as wisdom personified.”
It is an equal honor to share the same words, the same thoughts, and the same sentiments about Dr. Melnick. And, I thank all of you for indulging me as I recognize two giants in our field.
CLICK HERE for Dr. Melnick's memoriam page.
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