Words of advice from a chief resident
“Chiefs, remember, one of those interns is going to fill your shoes in a few years. They may model you in that role, so you want to raise them well! As a former chief resident, I have lots of pearls for those entering residency. However, what I will tell you now is different from what I would have told you then. I have since learned that there are possibilities to create the results that we want and not just follow the path we are told to take.
Recently, a former intern of mine — who went on to be a chief resident and subsequently a program director — tweeted that he received advice from another chief: “If you are unhappy in residency, you need to adjust your expectations.” He pondered that this suggestion was a mixed bag. Can you see both sides?
Residents, who is responsible for your happiness? Is it the institution, the program, the program director, the chief resident — or you?”
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “A word of advice from one chief resident to another.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/07/a-word-of-advice-from-one-chief-resident-to-another.html)