Success as a future pathologist involves much more than memorization of pathological entities. Opportunities and career choices are diverse, and not always obvious. We believe that a thoughtful mentor can help residents navigate challenges, identify areas of potential interest, and formulate a career development plan. We therefore initially assign residents a mentor based on shared interests. Although we choose mentors with great forethought, we build flexibility into the program to allow residents to change mentors as their interests evolve. Given the accessibility of our faculty, we further encourage residents to seek input from multiple faculty members. Together, residents and mentors set both short and long term goals.