Faculty Mentoring Program

Who Mentored You?

Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH and Louise Walter, MD

It is with great enthusiasm that I write a letter about my mentor, Dr. Kenneth Covinsky. Ken was my primary mentor during my 3-year geriatrics fellowship, and he continues to mentor me now that I'm an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Geriatrics Division at UCSF. Ken is the most outstanding mentor that I have ever had and I owe him a great deal for the tremendous role he has played in fostering my career development. He was the one who inspired me to pursue a research career in academic medicine and has been instrumental in my obtaining grants and publishing high-impact research. His passion for clinical research, commitment to the professional development of his trainees, and outstanding leadership abilities make him an exceptional role model for mentoring at UCSF. His skillful mentoring continues to be something I rely on to help me navigate my career path as a junior faculty member. Having a committed mentor as compassionate and talented as Ken is very empowering in the world of academic medicine.

Submitted by Louise Walter, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics on behalf of Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics


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