Mentor’s Corner

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Mentoring for the Department of Family & Community Medicine is about allowing our faculty to hone their leadership, decision-making and critical thinking skills. Mentors Corner is about highlighting our faculty, their interests, expertise and desire to authentically connect with others!   Mentoring is a gift of one’s perspective, time and depth of experience. Galke & Swayer (2020) acknowledge that “mentoring is about more than giving advice… [mentoring] encompasses motivation and empowerment that stems from truly understanding the mentee.”

Galke, C.L. & Swayer, J.W. (2020). Mentoring in family medicine education.

David Cadena, MD

Cadena, David

Interested in Mentoring:  I am interested in mentoring Students, Residents, and Junior Faculty interested in family medicine, procedures, or culinary medicine.

What are Your Areas of Interest:  I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan so try not to miss any games. I have 3 little girls and my wife, and I are both from San Antonio so we spend a lot of time with family.

Professionally, I am interested in Culinary Medicine and in-office procedures.

Current Projects:  Currently I’m completing my Culinary Medicine certification which is Physician and Chef leg including a variety of topics such as food allergies/intolerance, diabetes, weight management. Along with our Nurse Practitioner in clinic we are working on improved hypertension control for our adult patients. At our Hill Country Clinic I have started a quarterly Community Seminar called Health Living.

Additional Thoughts on Mentoring:  Mentoring is an essential piece of our professional growth. It is great to have different mentors for special situations and I am open to brainstorm anyway in which I could be helpful.

Looking For a Mentor?  Want to Collaborate?

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