Medscape's Mentor of the Year: An Interview With Donna Magid

Ryan Syrek, MA


January 05, 2018

Donna Magid, MD, MEd, was awarded the first-ever Medscape Mentor of the Year award for her work at Johns Hopkins. In addition to her role in developing and overseeing education programs and curricula, Dr Magid is an active member of the Association of University Radiologists, through which she routinely participates in a national mentoring program. She is also the creator of Team Rads, an anatomy education website hosted by Hopkins School of Medicine, and Apps of Steel, a comprehensive radiology residency advice guide.

Medscape: Congratulations on winning the Medscape Mentor of the Year award.

Dr Magid: Thank you very much! I was surprised and pleased.

Medscape: Can you tell me a little bit about Team Rads?

Donna Magid, MD, MEd

Dr Magid: I needed to find some way to centralize and coalesce all the teaching material I wanted to use. Originally, I put out a CD, at the beginning of gross anatomy, for a couple of years. And then one of my mentees, who had been my resident and who was coming on staff, said, "What if we make a website?" I'm not really fond of IT—not my real talent—but it's his. So he helped me design Team Rads, and we found student webmasters to help us get material. They got experience in doing something, creating teaching materials— something to put on their CV, some sort of commitment to teaching—and we got materials that we could distribute very easily to lots of medical students.

The whole idea with Team Rads was to establish a completely open site: no password and no fees, because other places in the country and internationally didn't have access to radiology education materials at all. There are medical schools in the United States that weren't having radiology rotations for their students. There was a lot of international opportunity. Increasingly, no one has the time or energy to support gathering teaching materials.

Medscape: Can you tell me why you feel that mentor relationships are so crucial and important?

Dr Magid: In part, I'm imposing my own experience on my students. I was a last-minute applicant for medical school. I really wasn't on a premedical path. I was talked out of a psychology PhD because all of the interesting clients were going to get MDs instead of PhDs. I shocked myself and got in on the first try.

I was just wildly lost. It was overwhelming, and the support of the dean of students was just priceless. He said, "You're not going to do well in basic science, we know that. You're going to do great in other areas." No one had ever said that to me before.

Dr Levi Watkins was extremely important to me, as was Dr Stan Siegelman, a radiologist. They made me feel very secure about things. I've never forgotten it. I feel I owe it to them to do the same thing for other people.


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