Category: Medical practitioners

Medical practitioners careers (Part 8)

Strategy #1 Remember that success in your professional and personal life will be largely dependent on your capacity to deal with people. Dr Jean Gray, in a talk delivered to a Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation Symposium, eloquently presented this point of view, with which I strongly agree. She pointed out that those with whom you work will all have strengths and weaknesses and it…

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Medical practitioners careers (Part 7)

medical graduates

It helps to avoid procrastination. Those who fail to address this area have problems coping with the real world, no matter how talented they might be. Strategy #3 The second important skill is the ability to write in a clear, concise manner. For most of us, good writing is a learned skill that comes from practice combined with some guidance. The sooner you practice your…

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Medical practitioners careers (Part 6)

Strategy #5 I suggest that major administrative responsibilities be left for relatively late in your career unless you decide that this will be your primary focus, in which case you will need additional training in administration. Your early years in any position are very important and I think it’s best not to clutter them with extensive administrative responsibilities, too many committees or generally unproductive time…

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Medical practitioners careers (Part 5)

clinical practice

Strategy #7 To reduce the risk of burnout, try to position yourself so that you are in demand. Burnout can result from a feeling of being trapped in a role or job from which there seems to be no escape. The best protection for you will come from gaining skills and achievements in clinical practice or in the academic sphere that make you a marketable…

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Medical practitioners careers (Part 4)

Strategy #9 If you intend to establish yourself in research, you will face challenges as an independent investigator beyond those you encounter as a fellow or resident. You will become responsible for generating the funds and facilities to support your research, and the capacity to generate research funds will depend on your productivity.

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Medical practitioners careers (Part 3)

medical specialist

Selection of a niche within a specialty is a complex issue on which to generalize, but most training programs, through mentors who play key roles in this regard, deal effectively with this aspect of career development. I intend to focus on the steps that fellows and residents must take to minimize the long-term risk of professional dissatisfaction and burnout, while maximizing contentment. Taking the lead…

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Medical practitioners careers (Part 2)

The modern emphasis on evidence-based medicine has come about for good reasons but the decreased use of old-fashioned clinical assessment of the individual patient interferes with the doctor’s capacity to administer “whole” patient care. Furthermore, health research has become increasingly sophisticated and specialized, leaving little or no room for the amateur, no matter how gifted. In the background of all these trends, there is the…

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Medical practitioners careers (Part 1)

medical residents

After many years spent in the protected, rather cocoon-like environment of a postgraduate training program, medical residents and fellows can find the prospect of emergence into the real working world somewhat daunting. This is a transition that is best anticipated and planned, recognizing that the life and the responsibilities of a consultant or an academic physician differ from those of a trainee. Recent surveys suggest…

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