2021 YPS Model Mentor Award
The YPS Model Mentor Award recognizes an experienced physician whose expert mentorship played a key role in a young physician’s career. This year’s award recipient is John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA.
The YPS Model Mentor Award recognizes an experienced physician whose expert mentorship played a key role in a young physician’s career.
This year’s awardee is John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA. He is the dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and is the Editor in Chief of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and OTO Open.
Dr. Krouse exemplifies the traits of a model mentor: someone who teaches and guides their mentees while also advocating for their specific needs. He is also instrumental in helping mentees build professional networks. He supports his students, residents, and faculty in making connections with leaders in otolaryngology and promotes their research, clinical success, and other professional aspirations. He takes the time to get to know each of his mentees on a personal level.
Dr. Krouse’s nomination notes that he not only provided words of wisdom when his mentees needed them, but he also went out of his way to create opportunities for their careers. His mentorship model transcends barriers, including hierarchy and gender bias, to truly build rewarding relationships with those he works with—a model that is especially important for people from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Krouse has dedicated his leadership time to sponsorship of and advocating for the needs of diverse mentees. His mentorship focuses on developing ambitious but feasible visions and mapping out long-term career goals. He has done all this while still working to champion clinical care among medically underserved populations, thereby serving as a role model for his mentees as well.