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Bruce Bistrian Mentorship Award Lecture: The Value of Mentorship in Advancing the Practice of Clinical Nutrition: Don't Underestimate the Benefit of a Friend When You Need It the Most! (M40)

Monday, March 4 • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

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Mentorship creates a rewarding mutually beneficial win-win relationship between a more experienced professional (mentor) and someone newer in the field (mentee). A mentorship can be formal (assigned) or informal (self-selected), can occur briefly at a transition point in a career, or be prolonged throughout a lifetime. A trainee should expect to have multiple mentors through different areas of career development, research opportunities, life planning, and personal growth. The choice of a mentor more often is directed toward an older more established individual, but can involve “near-peers” of similar age, culture, and interest but with a different skill set or specific area of expertise. Multiple factors determine the quality of the mentorship, with both mentor and mentee sharing responsibility for optimizing the relationship. When the opportunity arises, conscious effort to enrich the process may be expected to influence career choices, enhance professionalism, expand research productivity, and promote self-satisfaction.

Dr. Stephen A. McClave is the recipient of the 2024 Bruce Bistrian Mentorship Award. Dr. McClave received his medical degree from the Ohio State University and completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He finished his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Dr. McClave is Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he has been on the faculty for over 35 years. He was on the ASPEN Board of Directors for six years and is a Past-President of that society. He was Co-Chairman and lead author of both the 2009 and the 2016 ASPEN/SCCM Guidelines for Nutrition in the Adult Critically Ill Patient. He was awarded Faculty Member for the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism in 2011, and gave the 2016 Arvid Wretlind Named Lectureship in Copenhagan, Denmark for that society. He is the recipient of the ASPEN 2019 Distinguished Nutrition Support Physician Service Award. He is founding Chairman of the ASPEN Committee on Physician Engagement. He is a Diplomat and Past-President of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. He was the Co-Chairman and lead author for the 2016 American College of Gastroenterology Guidelines on Nutrition Therapy of the Adult Hospitalized Patient. He was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He received the ASPEN 2022 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award and gave the Inaugural 2022 Peggy Guenter Named Lectureship. He is a fellow of ASPEN, ACN, AGA, and the ASGE. He is author of over 280 articles, 55 book chapters, and numerous medical educational videotapes (including a series of 14 videos on enteral access for the ASGE). His research interests and clinical expertise involve critical care nutrition and early enteral feeding, guidelines for nutrition therapy, endoscopic techniques for enteral access, and indirect calorimetry.  

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the personal and professional benefits that may be achieved through a good mentorship experience. 
  2. Provide examples of the qualities which make for a good mentor and mentee in the relationship.
  3. Summarize why mentorships are important in advancing the practice of clinical nutrition.


Stephen A. McClave, MD, FACN, FASGE, FASPEN, AGAF, Professor of Medicine; Director, Clinicial Nutrition, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Angela Bingham, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP, FASPEN, FCCP, FASHP, FCCM, Acting Chair; Clinical Associate Professor, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

CE Credit: 1.5 hours
Level: Intermediate
UAN: JA0002345-0000-24-062-L99-P 


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