fbpx

A Medical Student in Need, Deserves a Coach Indeed

Amruti Borad, DO shares that medical Students are at the beginning of the journey to Physician-hood and are therefore at the perfect stage in their career to reap the benefits of coaching.

February 24, 2023

Recently, I had the honor of being officially elected as one of the board of directors for the San Diego Academy of Family Physicians (SDAFP).

More importantly, I had the pleasure of sitting at a table with the new President and several medical students, two of whom received scholarship awards for their exemplary service within the community.

It reminded me of the wild ride that is being a medical student. The anticipation of the first day of orientation; the white coat ceremony; meeting new people; endless hours of lectures, followed by late nights of studying at home; dissecting for the first time; study groups; problem based learning; the knot in your stomach before your very first exam; volunteering/shadowing/rotations during which you experience the joy and devastation that can be patient care; an incessant feeling of less than; waiting on your Step 1 that essentially determines your fate; witnessing your peers simultaneously going through different challenging stages of life (marriage, divorce, having children, miscarriages, deaths in the family, new serious medical conditions, mental health disorders, substance abuse); comparing your successes and failures to that of others; wondering if you made the right career choice whether that be medicine or the specialty you chose; anticipating match day; graduation day – you are on top of the world.

In my opinion, being a medical student is the true definition of the human experience. It is the perfect stage in one’s medical career to experience the true benefits of coaching.

Although the students I spoke with were not entirely familiar with coaching, they agreed that they had to be incredibly proactive in finding a sustainable mentor that aligned with their vision, and would certainly value coaching at certain turning points in their four years (especially when thinking about what speciality they would choose).

I know if I had a coach while I was a medical student (really if I had one since high school! ) I would have asked more questions, engaged more with my peers, had a better relationship with challenges, wouldn’t have second guessed my decision to go into medicine, possibly made larger impacts, and I would have had more fun on the journey, rather than always thinking of the next destination.

So, is it possible that every medical school could offer 1:1 or group coaching?

As the evidence for coaching continues to grow exponentially, I think this dream can become a reality.

All opinions published on SomeDocs-Mag are the author’s and do not reflect the official position of SoMeDocs, its staff, editors. SoMeDocs is a magazine built with the safety of free expression and diverse perspectives in mind. For more information, or to submit your own opinion, please see our submission guidelines or email opmed@doximity.com. Do you have a compelling personal story you’d like to see published on SoMeDocs? Find out what we’re looking for here and submit your writing, or send us a pitch.

All opinions published on SomeDocs-Mag are the author’s and do not reflect the official position of SoMeDocs, its staff, editors. SoMeDocs is a magazine built with the safety of free expression and diverse perspectives in mind. Do you have a compelling personal story you’d like to see published on SoMeDocs? Submit your own article now here.

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This learning experience is powered by CMEfy - a platform that brings relevant CMEs to busy clinicians, at the right place and right time. Using short learning nudges, clinicians can reflect and unlock AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Of Interest

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

[SERIES] Stigmatized

Coming Soon: Stigmatized [SERIES]

Coming Soon: Dr. Jay Joshi hosts this limited time series, in which he brings other healthcare professionals to the discussion table, to cover a stigmatizing topic.

[SERIES] Stigmatized

Coming Soon: Stigmatized [SERIES]

Coming Soon: Dr. Jay Joshi hosts this limited time series, in which he brings other healthcare professionals to the discussion table, to cover a stigmatizing topic.

Jamian Reed, DO

Jamian Reed, DO

Introducing Psychodynamic Osteopathy to find health of body, mind, and spirit.

Alina Olteanu, MD, PhD

Alina Olteanu, MD, PhD

Preventing chronic diseases, including mental health struggles, starts in childhood! Healthy children grow into health adults!

Uday Khosla, MD

Uday Khosla, MD

I am a nephrologist who focuses on developing businesses that support physician independence and improve the healthcare experience for both patients and physicians.

Want More?

Be a part of our healthcare revolution. Don't miss a thing SoMeDocs publishes!

Disclaimer: SoMeDocs assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, claims, or content of the individual experts' profiles, contributions and courses. Details within posts cannot be verified. This site does not represent medical advice and you should always consult with your private physician before taking on anything you read online. See SoMeDocs' Terms of Use for more information.

follow us

© 2024 SoMeDocs. All Rights Reserved.

Soak up our content & grow

Earn CME

Drop your email address below and we’ll email you the link for earning CME (through CMEfy). Please check your spam folder if you do not receive our email. We’ll also add you to our Sunday newsletter, so you can earn more CME credits reading our content!

Support A Platform that Celebrates Real Doctors

For just $10 a month, you can help keep this openly accessible site available to all & help us sponsor in more doctors.

Interested in subscribing
to our unique content?

Interested in subscribing to our unique content?

I acknowledge that this site is not to be used for medical advice.

Play Video
Our Founder Answers Your BURNING Question

SoMeDocs

“Why should I become a member of SoMeDocs if I already have my own space online?”

Site SoMeDocs Logo, square

WANT TO STAY IN THE LOOP?

DON'T MISS A SINGLE CONTENT PIECE.