What advice would you give to an aspiring doctor today?

Posted by Karen Buckley • June 7th, 2012

Whether you’re a young resident or you’ve been practicing for 50 years, you may have words of wisdom to provide for those who have just graduated from medical school, or even those who plan to start soon. Read the stories your peers have shared, and tell us about the lessons you’ve learned.

Behzad Amir-Ansari passes along the advice a colleague once gave him: Don’t rush. Ego has no place in medicine; only an inexperienced person rushes a procedure to impress others.

Eros Ferrazzi tells the story of a difficult lesson:  Be there.  You may do everything to provide the best care for your patient, but if the treatments fail in the end, it’s also important to give support when your patient needs you most.

And Aida offers an analogy to being a new resident: Think of caring for patients like cooking.  You have a variety of ingredients ready for your use: your current skill set.  But, you don’t want to put them all in the pot at the same time. In the same way, working in the wards, taking care of patients requires a careful combination of skills.

We’d like to hear your advice.  Share your story now!

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