Horrible Feedback From Your Attending

A huge part of your training is getting feedback – constructive feedback. Too often you will come across upper level residents, attendings, and supervisors who give useless feedback. And you should not settle for feedback that is useless.

Here’s what I mean…

Let’s say you go and ask your attending, “Dr. BossMan, I was just wondering how I’m doing. Am I doing okay?”

You will see, the problem lies in how you asked the question. Invariably, the answer will be “Fine. You’re doing fine.” Or, “You’re doing great. You have nothing to worry about.”

Useless. Completely and utterly useless.

This kind of “feedback” will not help you improve. It will not help you to form good habits, nor will it alert you to bad ones.

Here’s a better question for your attending… “Dr. Advisor, can you take a moment to look over this H&P and tell me how I can make it better?

You can do this with any particular area you want to improve in. Note writing, history taking, presenting patients, introducing yourself, signing out patients, running codes, etc. Whatever it is.

I just added more to the feedback portion to the RookieDoc Orientation Mastery Program to help you optimize your feedback – templates and scripts – exact phrases to try for yourself. You really need to form good habits now.