How do you handle stress?

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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Any residency training program is undoubtedly going to have an element of stress. Unfortunately, stress can bring out some of our worst qualities, habits, and tendencies. This is only amplified when stressful situations arise in the background of fatigue and sleep deprivation common among residents. Programs know that every resident will be stressed or placedContinue reading “How do you handle stress?”

How to Ask for Constructive Feedback

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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As you progress through various rotations, ask for constructive feedback. It will make you a better medical student and better physician. Who to ask? Ask anyone on the team that you had meaningful and consistent interactions with to provide you with constructive feedback. This list may include the attending, residents, interns, and older medical studentsContinue reading “How to Ask for Constructive Feedback”

The Value of Reflection

My medical school occasionally required us to turn in written assignments where we would have to reflect on certain rotations or clinical exercises, as is commonplace across the country. Though it may seem like frivolous busywork, there is substantial value in regular reflection. Regular reflection helps you develop a skill set that will aid yourContinue reading “The Value of Reflection”