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Dr. Ruth Gotian hosts a weekly show called “Optimizing Success.” She hosts high achievers as they discuss their road to success and what lessons can be learned from their journey. Hot topics include finding your passion, mentorship, sponsorships, developing a network, imposter syndrome, being known as an expert and showing gratitude.


The events are hosted live on Mondays at 8 PM EST and can be viewed on Facebook at The Mentor Project.

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Dr. Ruth Gotian's video series, "Mentoring Moments," shares brief videos to answer your mentoring, networking, and professional development questions. Plenty of actionable tips that you can implement immediately.



Dr. Ruth Gotian routinely publishes in media journals just as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, and in academic journals such as Academic Medicine, Nature, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and British Journal of Anesthesia.

Five Tips For Boosting Diversity on Campus - Nature, August 2020


How Do You Find a Decent Mentor When You Are Stuck at Home? - Harvard Business Review Ascend, August 2020


Why You Need a Role Model, Mentor, Coach, and Sponsor - Forbes, August 2020

Looking For A Mentor? Why You Shouldn’t Use the “M” Word - Forbes, July 2020

How Surrounding Yourself With High-Achievers Can Improve Your Performance - Forbes, July 2020


Improving Creativity at Work: Could Laughter Be The Key? - Forbes, July 2020


Note to men: Mentor her! (Yes, even during a pandemic) - Chief Learning Officer, July 2020


6 Ways To Help You Succeed; Tips From a High Achiever - Forbes, July 2020


Where Do I Find A Mentor? - Psychology Today, July 2020

How To Develop A Mentoring Team - Forbes, July 2020


How To Attract, Retain, And Lead High Performers - Forbes, June 2020


3 Things That Stop People From Achieving Their Leadership Goals - Training Industry, Inc, June 2020


How To Win and Lose Like An Olympic Champion - Forbes, June 2020


How To Amplify The Voice of Your Mentees - Forbes, June 2020


How Peer Mentors Can Help You Succeed - Forbes, June 2020


Do What You Love: But First Find Out What That Is - Forbes, June 2020


How To Fight Imposter Syndrome In The Time of Coronavirus - Harvard Business Review Ascend, June 2020


Beat The Working-From-Home Blues - Nature Index, June 2020


Olympian Kemoy Campbell Teaches Us How to Have A Goal-Setting Mindset - Forbes, May 2020

7 Astronauts Offer Tips On How To Thrive While Social Distancing - Forbes, May 2020

Never Has There Been A More Critical Time To Show Empathy At Work - Forbes, May 2020

5 Steps To Help You Effectively Mentor During A Pandemic - Forbes, May 2020


6  Steps To Help Extroverts Endure Social Distancing - Forbes, May 2020


Mentoring While Social Distancing - Closler, April 2020


Mentoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Nature, April 2020


How Perceptions of a Successful Physician-Scientist Varies with Gender and Career Stage: Toward Defining Physician-Scientist’s Success BMC Medical Education, February 2020


Why I Stand. Academic Medicine, February 2020


Five ‘Power Skills’ for Becoming a Team Leader. Nature, January 2020      


Mentoring Women in Anesthesiology. How A Mentoring Circle Supports Female Anesthesiologists At Every Career Stage. British Journal of Anesthesia, January 2020


Using Admissions Statistics to Encourage Diverse Applicants to MD-PhD Programs, Journal of Clinical Investigation, December 2019 


Put Participants First in Conference Design. Nature, September 2019                 


Breast Imaging Fellowship Match: Program Director’s Perspective in Year Two, Journal of Breast Imaging, September 2019

Networking for Introverted Scientists Nature, April 2019   

What Happens When Female Physicians Gather? Scientific American, April 2019

Why You Need A Support Team, Nature, March 2019


Three Steps to Landing an Undergraduate Research Internship, Nature, December 2018


Lame Advice for Female Professionals. Scientific American July 2018 


From the Eyes of a Recruiter. Inside Higher Ed, January 2018


Presenting at Your Own Institution. Inside Higher Ed, October, 2017


Optimizing Success of Physician-Scientists ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, February 2017 


Gateways to the Laboratory: How a MD-PhD Program increased the number of minority physician-scientists. Academic Medicine, May 2017


Mentoring the Mentors: Just Because You Have the Title Doesn’t Mean You Know What You Are Doing. College Student Journal, March 2016


MD-PhD, Is it Right for Me? The Advisor: The Journal of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. September 2012



Dr. Ruth Gotian is frequently interviewed on podcasts. Below are some of her recent interviews.

Using Power Skills To Develop High Performing Teams, Key Conversations 


The Fear of Not Trying - Mentoring Physician-Scientists 

How to Succeed Like A High Achiever - Everyday Athlete


Mentoring Physician-Scientists - Behind the Microscope


Mentoring Women - Wonder Women in Business 


Mentoring during a pandemic -  The Educator’s Podcast 


Microaggressions - The Educator’s Podcast


Mentoring - Growth Edge Leadership Podcast 


Mentoring - Business RadioX, Learning Insights 


Mentoring the Mentors - The Educator’s Podcast 

MD-PhD Admissions and Gateways to the Laboratory Program, Tri-I Pod



Below are articles where Dr. Ruth Gotian and her work were featured:

Give More Than You Take - Fem Founder, July 2020

How to Cope with Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome (Especially During a Crisis) | Infographic - HBR Ascend, July 2020

Hire People Who Think Differently Than You - CEO Blog Nation, June 2020


Mentorship is Key to Fighting Professional Loneliness in COVID-19 - Thrive Global, June 2020

So You’re Headed to the Diversity Reboot Summit: A Virtual Conference Guide - Power to Fly, June 2020

A message for mentors from dissatisfied graduate students, Nature, November 2019

PhDs: the tortuous truth - Nature, November 2019

The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, 2019

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