What Successful Residents Do
December 31, 2014
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Whether you’re transitioning from med school to residency or currently working toward completing your residency, you’ve probably set yourself the goal of making 2015 a successful time in your career. While there are broad strategies you can adopt to set yourself up for your best performance, there are a few key behaviors and attitudes that can determine your degree of success. The following list outlines these elements, as identified by the Association of American Medical Colleges:
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND PROFESSIONALISM
A key part of being a working professional, regardless of your industry, is your ability to maintain positive and mature relationships with your co-workers, superiors and subordinates. Invest in developing valuable interpersonal skills like conflict resolution.
INTERACTING WITH PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
Medicine is about more than just prescribing drugs and surgeries. How you communicate with your patients and their families impacts everything from the effectiveness your guidance to their willingness to stick to treatment. Read our guide for helpful tips.
TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL
To become a practicing physician, you have to immerse yourself in years of study and stressful training. It’s easy to slowly forget things as time passes, especially when going through a busy residency. Being successful necessitates revision to remind yourself of what you’ve studied and actively keeping up with the latest information. You don’t need to dive back into your textbooks for revision; just read over your notes and browse chapter headings/summaries. You can also keep up with the latest in medical news by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
EXTRA EFFORT AND MOTIVATION
Do you go the extra mile to ensure that you’re doing the best job you can? In a field as important as medicine, the quality of the work you do has a big impact on your patients and staff. Don’t just put in the least amount of effort necessary; no great successes came without hard work.
As a doctor, you deal with intimate details of patients and deeply impact their lives. Having a successful career requires you to be honest, respectful and virtuous. Remember that if you ever face an ethical dilemma, you make the right decision rather than just the easy one.
MENTORING AND EDUCATING STUDENTS
Having accumulated knowledge and experience, take the time to share it with students under your tutelage. It makes you a more valuable asset to your residency program, and can help you expand your professional network.
MAINTAINING CALM UNDER PRESSURE
At this point in your career, you know about the tough situations being a doctor can lead you to face. A key determinant of your success is your ability to perform under highly stressful situations. You will need to invest in preparation before such situations and recovery after to ensure you don’t lead yourself to burnout.
Do you want to set yourself on the path to a successful residency and a transition to the physician job you deserve after graduation? Get in touch with us today.