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I’ve started a Residency Horror Stories series. The point is not to get you nervous about your training or being on-call or anything like that… In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Most people think they learn best through experience. That’s true, for the most part… but there’s another piece of “experience” that is even more important than the experience itself… and that’s “the story”. We remember things as stories. We further ingrain the memory by retelling that story. And each time we retell it, there’s an opportunity to extract new insights from it and an opportunity for the listener to benefit from your story.
Now some of the medical establishment (the Old Boys Network) may be a little upset with me for saying this, but… the dry, factual version we often present on rounds is not always optimal.
Which one are you going to remember?:
So which one are you going to remember? Which one will give you strength to do the right thing when the time comes. Both of those versions are true. I lived through it. More importantly, so did the patient, but not before her night got much, much worse. I’ll tell you the full story and the lessons learned in the second video for “Residency Horror Stories”… the first video will be in the next few days.
Do you have a story we can all benefit from? Tell us. Here’s the link again:
After a great response from those of you on my “new release priority notification list”, the RookieDoc Membership program is being opened to anyone that is interested. Here’s a short intro video to show you some of the things that are part of membership. If it sounds interesting or useful, click the link below the video to find out more.
The images of CDs, books, and DVDs in this video correspond to downloadable products.
If you could sit down with me and ask me any question about being successful in your internship or residency, what would it be? I’ll answer some questions on upcoming RookieDoc FAQs – these are occasional phone conferences for RookieDoc fans and members where I discuss a hot topic or answer questions.
I may not get to every question directly, but may be able to post important answers here, in special RookieDoc reports (PDF), on the RookieDoc Squidoo lens, or in the Audio Tips series.
By the way, the RookieDoc membership is undergoing some upgrades and will open to new members soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, though, get your question in. Go ahead, click the link above.
OK. I had a sad, humbling experience on a trip to Wal-Mart last night. My wife asked me to return something and my daughter was/is sick, so I had to get a prescription filled. Not a big deal, right?
Well, three things… One. I am not a Wal-Mart guy. No offense to Wal-Mart Inc, but in my area the “customer service” there is quite pathetic. It is the type of place where those hilarious guys at Despair.com get inspiration. I have to consciously prepare myself to keep my mouth shut… suck it up… and move on.
Two. I am not a go-to-the-store-and-return something guy either. It’s just not me. I don’t like doing it. If I can get out of it, I will. (But if I’m wronged, I’m going full tilt – Better Business Bureau, letters to the home office, etc… just don’t make me return anything.)
Three. It’s the week after Christmas and the place is packed.
Anyway, I went.
There were no less than 40 people in line at the “customer service” desk (so naturally, I didn’t return anything :). I briskly bobbed and weaved to get to the pharmacy pick-up line. I was number 16 in line. Ahead of me stood 15 uncomfortable-looking, elderly patients. Since 11 of the 15 folks did not have a smooth pick-up, I had plenty of time to stand there… to just watch and listen.
Here is some of what I saw and heard:
Here are some tips and pearls for interns and residents to take away from this experience:
Now, it is important to realize that when you actually do these things, you will not be praised. No one will thank you. No one will really notice. And that’s okay. It’s not about you. It’s about them, the patients.
And if you don’t think it’s about your patients, then quit health care right now… and go work at Wal-Mart. You’ll fit right in… probably best-suited for “customer service”.
And here are some tips for Wal-Mart and pharmacies, in general:
There’s my rant, but there are lessons in there, though. I learned a lot standing in line at Wal-Mart.
I made a short 7 minute video as a quick introduction to Twitter and how you can use it to get tips and strategies for your med school rotations, internship, and residency. Just click on the video image below to get started. You will need the most up-to-date QuickTime player (free version).
Even though a blog is often the writer’s soap box… that’s not what I’m going to do with this particular subject. I’m just pointing it out for med students, interns, and residents… just to be aware that there are even more changes being discussed in resident work-hour reform. I want to suggest that you reserve judgment. Here’s why…
It’s easy to think about yourself in the short-term and think, “Heck yeah! I want to limit my work hours!” But be careful, there are definite pros and cons. And we are talking about a dynamic system here.
Part of being remarkable in your profession is your ability to “see systems”. You should know that one tweak in one part of the system may have profound implications in other parts of the system. And in this “me world” you might miss the effects on other parts. And in this “right now world” you might miss, even, the longer-term implications for yourself.
But I’m not going to go there right now. (RookieDoc members – I’ll teach you how to overcome the cons with a whole separate bonus module…) Just keeping you informed here by linking to an interesting article and an interesting blog post. Check them out.
By the way, if you’re on Twitter, you may want to follow “kevinmd” too… he’s got a lot of great insights.
You don’t want to just survive your internship and residency, do you?
Of course not. You want to excel.
But most of the books…
most of the websites…
and nearly everyone you talk to out there…
They all seem to warn you about what a disaster your internship and residency can be. They speak of grueling nights on-call; rarely, if ever, seeing your family and friends; and getting utterly embarrassed by attendings in front of everyone. They worry you with talk of malpractice, needle sticks, medical errors, and boards preparation.
Well, it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it isn’t this way. I should know… I’ve been there…
And I’ve posted some videos to help you to have success in your internship and residency. Just go to this tips and pearls for residency video to start.
Most residency programs offer an education stipend or allowance. If you’ve purchased anything related to your training lately, make sure you submit your receipts. I posted Reimbursement Request Templates in the RookieDoc Members Area. Just plug in your information, print, and hand it in to your program.
By the way, for those of you in the RookieDoc Mastery Orientation Program, make sure you submit your receipts for reimbursement. RookieDoctor.com services should count under your education stipend. If your program does not reimburse you, send me the program address and a contact person and I’ll see what I can do. So far, every program that receipts have been submitted to have accepted them.
Just an FYI for students of the RookieDoc Mastery Orientation. There’s a bonus module posted on going beyond “surviving” internship and residency. There’s a spectrum with “failure” on one end and “mastery” on the other. And, frankly, “survival” is too close to failure. Find out what’s next notch over closer to “mastery”.
Here’s the login link:
By the way, it’s not too late to join the RookieDoc Mastery Orientation 2.0 program. But the remaining Fast-Action Bonuses go away on Thursday, July 24th at 6pm Eastern.
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