Letter from the Editor

Mentoring has a long history in medicine, particularly in the area of research. These days, many physician mentors go beyond advising their less experienced colleagues on specific projects and act more like coaches, helping guide their apprentices to new career heights.


Mentoring has a long history in medicine, particularly in the area of research. These days, many physician mentors go beyond advising their less experienced colleagues on specific projects and act more like coaches, helping guide their apprentices to new career heights. Mentors may, for example, assist mentees in getting published in prestigious journals, or strategize the necessary steps to attain positions in hospital administration—or both. In our cover story, Janet Colwell offers tips on how to find a good fit between mentor and mentee, and explores the benefits and challenges of this unique relationship.

Hospitalization can offer a prime opportunity for helping patients who smoke to kick the habit. Not only are patients captive in an environment where smoking is prohibited, they may be more motivated than usual to avoid future, tobacco-related health problems. But there's more to helping smokers quit than doling out advice. Access to nicotine replacement products and a plan for post-discharge follow-up are critical to long-term success. Take a look at some innovative hospital-based programs that have helped patients stay off tobacco once they're back in the outside world.

Also this month, we've got coverage from the annual conferences of two very different but important groups: the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Medical Group Management Association. Stacey Butterfield explains why infectious disease experts are so concerned about antibiotic resistance, and outlines practical tips to improve hospitalists' communication with coworkers and patients.

Finally, I'm very excited to introduce myself as the new editor of ACP Hospitalist. I hope to uphold the impressive precedent set by Jennifer Kearney-Strouse, who is now executive editor of the publication, and provide useful, thought-provoking articles for hospitalists of all stripes. If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered in upcoming issues, we'd love to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Jessica Berthold Editor
ACP Hospitalist