As a physician in training, you’re in the first quarter of your new position as an intern or resident. If you are an early career physician, you are adjusting to life as an attending.
What exactly does that mean for you? Are you moving from rotation to rotation hopeful that someone will show you the ropes? In the midst of change, that’s usually what we do. We look at the schedule, show up on the floor and hope that a senior resident, a well-intentioned nurse or an experienced attending will provide the guidance and insight to navigate the routine and responsibilities while in the process glean some wisdom in patient care.
It’s time to break that pattern and become a co-creator of your learning and professional development. Setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the next 30 days on the wards, the outpatient setting, the ER or the unit helps to direct your learning and minimize overwhelm.
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