Continual Self Improvement

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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As we look to turn the leaf to 2021, the new year beckons us with a natural reminder to strive towards continual self improvement. While it is commonplace for many to make personal resolutions, be sure to set academic and professional goals for yourself. Set a goal to learn something new each day. Read aContinue reading “Continual Self Improvement”

How to Get Honors

Alan Gambril, MD
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Honors is a mysterious designation that means something different to each institution and each evaluator. There is no single, fail-proof way to guarantee one gets clinical honors. It is always going to come down to a certain level of subjectivity. But there are a number of elements every medical student can employ to maximize hisContinue reading “How to Get Honors”

Book Review: Peak Performance

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Burnout. A word we never want to associate ourselves with, but the reality is we all suffer from burnout at some point in our academic career. As medical professionals, we are motivated, determined, and work countless hours, often forgoing exercise, sleep, and a social life, at the expense of our mental and physical health. ThisContinue reading “Book Review: Peak Performance”

Five Habits to Establish as a First Year Medical Student

Over the next several weeks first year medical students all over the country will be embarking on the beginning of their medical education. Getting accepted into medical school is huge accomplishment that denotes a level of commitment and perseverance over several years. With the daunting task of medical school facing you, it is important toContinue reading “Five Habits to Establish as a First Year Medical Student”

The Grit Factor

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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In 2016, a multi-institutional group from the Cleveland Clinic and Saint Louis University published a paper reviewing the integrated plastic surgery match.  The authors identify various qualities that improve an applicant’s likelihood of matching and discuss factors program directors value when evaluating prospective residents.  While most of their findings are intuitive, one specific discussion point shouldContinue reading “The Grit Factor”