Mentorship in surgery is a perennial topic of interest, as successful mentoring relationships are associated with improved career satisfaction, academic promotion, research productivity, and overall well-being. While it is true that certain minority groups in surgery find great personal and professional benefit in receiving and providing mentorship among “their own” (ie, a female academic surgeon mentoring a female resident), it is important to recognize that many mentoring relationships, whether intentionally or otherwise, extend across gender, sexuality, generations, race, ethnicity, and other differences. Lived examples of these include an Asian man hailing from the Northeast with no children mentoring a White mother of 2 from the South, or a White gay man being mentored by a Black heterosexual faculty member. As surgery fortunately becomes a more diverse specialty, such mentorship relationships occur all around and among us; however, they have neither been named nor explicitly studied in our field.

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Annals of surgery

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