Dear Incoming Residents and Fellows,
Congratulations! Believe me when I tell you the very best is yet to come.
While it is undeniable that we find ourselves in a world where “seasons” of difficulty or challenge are no longer segmented or limited. It is all blending into one difficult and trying year.
Many of you did not get to experience graduation. It’s ok. There are several milestones ahead of you.
My hope for you:
Remember that if it were not for the patient in front of you- you would not be where you are. ?
Practice kindness. Be authentic.
Stay focused on why you chose to practice medicine. That laser focus will reap immense gratification both professionally and financially for you.
Not everyone will like you and that is ok.
Focus on your craft and exercise respect, kindness, and stay curious.
First impressions are not defining but should be valuable lessons.
Adapt and adapt again.
No one has the full transcript of what may lie ahead for you.
Listen more and talk less. Repeat.
Remain humble. Be inclusive. Be the example.
And remember, you have been given a seat at the table. Cherish that privilege. It’s all up to you.