Your life is changing. You’ve been focused on vocabulary, facts, grammar and the ins-and-outs of the science of medicine. You’ve got all of that knowledge firmly in your grasp.
The next step is for you to put all of that knowledge into practice. You’ll be working with patients, peers, senior residents and attendings. Your job is to serve your patients well, and to impress your residents and attendings so that you’ll get the recommendations you need when the time comes to apply for matching or a fellowship.
That’s a lot to face, especially because your patients always have to come first, and doing the right thing for your patients often means taking simple measures that seem unimpressive on the surface.
The keys to thriving, being remembered, serving your patients well and getting those recommendations you need, are all related. Here are a few. Keep these in mind and you should come out of your residency in good shape, and ready for a successful future in whatever specialty you choose.
Talk to the person whose place you are taking. Find out what worked well for them, what didn’t, and what politics they’ve observed in action. They’ve done their thing and are ready to move on. They’ll probably be more than happy to spend an evening venting over a few beers, especially if you are paying. You can learn a lot this way.
Brush up on patient files before walking into the room. Check in on them, even if you don’t have to. And, try to keep track of what your peers are doing with their patients. If you can engage in one of their cases, in a helpful collegial way, not an “I know better than you do” way, you’ll learn a lot more than if you just stick with the patients that are assigned to you.
Technology that gives you an edge when it comes to diagnoses and clinical decision making, is a must-have. Apps like XebraPro ED will help you diagnose your patients quickly and more accurately. Your treatment plans will be more effective. You’ll have information about the latest clinical evidence to support your decisions right at your fingertips, so your judgement will be unimpeachable.
You’ve landed the residency of your dreams because you were at the top of your class in med school. Guess what, that’s how all of the other residents got there too. That means that most of your peers are going to know more about at least a few things than you do. Find out what they are great at and learn from them. Find opportunities to observe and work with them when you’ll get the most out of it. Then, take what you learn and use it to do a better job with your own patients.
You’re in the big leagues now. This is when careers are made. Make sure you are taking advantage of every possible tool at your disposal, including the XebraPro ED Clinical Decision Support App.