Hi everyone! I’m David, a member of the SIOP YI Blog Committee. Today I am posting a brief question and answer session I had with Dr. Jeremy Slone, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist from Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Slone who is primarily based at the Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana, where he is providing clinical care to hematology and oncology patients. One of his passions is to evaluate the disparities in outcomes seen in children residing in developing countries. He has also been instrumental to providing support and education to young physicians in sub-saharan Africa and in SIOP, and was featured as a speaker at the SIOP educational day this October!
1) Thank you for speaking with me, Dr. Slone. What is your specific specialty of interest within oncology.
JS: Diagnosing and treating children with cancer and blood disorders in resource-limited settings, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. I am currently working in Botswana.
2) When did you first start working with residents and mentees.
JS: As a pediatric hematology-oncology fellow, I led a research project to try to better understand the pediatric cancer diagnoses and treatment outcomes at a tertiary hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Since I had almost no funding, it was suggested that I list the project on a website for medical students who had funding for scholarly pursuits. I was able to recruit a terrific student. She spent eight weeks collecting data in Zambia and visiting sites like Victoria Falls using her program’s travel funds. She was a co-author on an abstract at an international meeting as well as a publication. I was such a terrific mentor that she decided to go into OB-GYN. It was a great experience and I learned much about how to be a mentor.
3) When did you first start getting involved with SIOP, and how do you like mentoring within the organization
JS: I started getting involved in SIOP in 2012 as I was living and working in Botswana. I heard it was a wonderful forum for meeting others focusing on pediatric cancer in LMICs. I have made wonderful friends through SIOP and learned much from my fellow members. More senior and experienced SIOP members are very generous to share their experience and expertise.
4) What are your favorite aspects of mentoring, and why do you think it is important for more faculty to guide fellows, residents, and students.
JS: I enjoy helping mentees finding work they are passionate about and helping them pursue this. I try to share my experience to help them as they progress and help them avoid mistakes I have made. I benefited immensely from mentorship and owe it to share my experience to try to help others.