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Tips for surviving your first year of residency

Tips For Surviving Your First Year Of Residency

That first day is pretty thrilling. It is a whole new phase to your education. You are part of a whole new batch of residents who will find their way, and fall into their niche. Which will you be; humanitarian, slacker, superstar, researcher, gunner? It probably won’t be the one you think, and that’s a good thing. You’re here to learn. That includes learning enough about yourself to know where you really fit.

Here are some things to keep in mind in your early days of residency.

Don’t be a jerk

You’re really in it now. You asked for this. You asked for all of it, the good the bad and the ugly. You are going to be frustrated. You are going to be disappointed. And, you are going to make mistakes, sometimes very public and very embarrassing mistakes. Don’t take it out on another resident, a medical student, your spouse or anyone else. Own all of it. Learn from all of it. It’ll make you a better doctor.

Suck it up and let go of your ego. You have an opportunity to be a doctor, to save people’s lives. Be grateful for that and remain humble.

Don’t pretend to know more than you do

The line between confidence and arrogance is not as fine as you might like to think. Confidence means that you are sure about what you know, and as sure about what you don’t know. Arrogance means thinking that you know things that you don’t, and trying to make other people believe that you know more than you do. Arrogance is dangerous for your career and for your patients.

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Be quiet and listen

No one wants to hear your 20-minute explanation about how you diagnosed a patient. Choose your words carefully and use them sparingly. No one likes a blabbermouth, including patients.

Be a professional

You aren’t a kid any more. You’re tired, so what? So is everyone else. Stop complaining. Take a shower and put on clean clothes. Bad hygiene might have been acceptable in college, but it isn’t here. Show up on time. That’s what grown ups do.

Don’t put off life

Residency is tough. So is life. There will always be reasons to put off living the rest of your life. Don’t do it. You need friends and family to support you through this time. And, you need a healthy body, mind and spirit to help you get through all of this. Don’t neglect any of those things. Give life your all, not just your career.

Remember, you’ve prepared for this. You’re as ready as you are going to be, so give it your all. Get the help you need including technology, like the XebraPro™ ED clinical decision support app,  that will help set you apart from your peers.

Good luck doctor!


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