Advance Your Physician Career with these Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions are often cookie-cutter and personal in nature. You know, the typical eat healthier, exercise more often, and save more money for retirement—things everyone should be doing, regardless. This year, in addition to trotting out those same old predictable promises, try to include a few resolutions that will benefit your physician career, as well.
Time to Recalibrate
Are you where you want to be professionally? Are you living where you want to be living? Are your relationships with family, friends and colleagues in a good state, or is there room for improvement? At the start of a new year it’s always a good idea to re-evaluate the paths you’re on and the direction in which you’re heading. By answering these questions honestly—without caveats and qualifications—you will point your compass in the right direction and make more meaningful changes to your career and personal life.
A Little Give and Take
After recalibrating to determine where you need to make adjustments, one of the best things you can do to bolster your physician career is to take advantage of lessons already learned by others who have walked down similar paths. Identify another physician who is a step or two ahead of you in the profession, and invite them for coffee or lunch. Ask about their career path and try to establish a mentor-like relationship.
Mentors can help you navigate career ladders more efficiently—saving you some of the same headaches they’ve already encountered, not to mention precious time. In turn, make an effort to share some of your own valuable lessons learned with junior colleagues who might need some helpful guidance, too, i.e., pay it forward.
Create Time to Cultivate New Skills
Every time you turn around there is a new development upending the traditional norms of practicing medicine—everything from new treatments enabled by advances in genomics, to remote surgery using the latest robotics technology. These developments are positive; however, the extraordinary pace at which technology is revolutionizing medicine can make it difficult to keep up. For busy physicians, finding extra time to get up-to-speed on the latest medical advances can seem like an exercise in futility. Thus, it’s important to proactively build time into your schedule to master the myriad of innovations and tools now at your disposal.
The Only Thing Certain in Life is Uncertainty
If there's one overarching New Year's resolution that physicians should make, it is to accept and embrace change. As 2016 seemed to establish once and for all, uncertainty is the new norm. In a world that seems in constant flux, committing to embrace uncertainty and change just might be the single most important resolution you can make.
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