I wanted to take this Monday to start a new campaign. It may catch on. It may not. #teachthetrainee campaign is dedicated to Bryan and Rory, two pulmonary critical care fellows who showed me the way when I was a 4th year medstudent and intern in Iowa. Thank you.
I remember being a trainee like yesterday. I remember how the unknown stripped me of comfort, how it left me in a pool of vulnerability at the feet of giants immersed in a wisdom that I did not have. A wisdom I wasn’t even sure was obtainable. I remember not knowing the simplest of things - where is room 6101? How do I replace potassium? What am I supposed to even do? I’m not saying I know exactly what to do in all situations but experience and teaching have had their impact. Too often I hear rumblings in the hallways, “They suck. I can’t do another shift with him (or her)”. I’m not going to lie...I have, likely, been guilty before. But here’s the thing. How good a resident or medical student becomes is a reflection of you.
There was a time when you were in their shoes. There was a time when you knew nothing. Don’t talk behind their backs. Don’t wade through their puddle of insecurity with arrogant feet. Help them up and lead the way. That’s how they learn. Take the time to teach.
What’s better than showing someone your way and knowing that someone adopts your way to teach others? It’s called multiplying. You have two choices, you can show them you are the smartest person in the room or you can have them leave the room feeling they are the smartest in the room. The difference is your teaching. Pat them on the back and talk to your trainee, teach them. Try it. I bet it works.
Who’s taught you?
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