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Quick summary: Natasha Bhalla, MD, an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident, shares policies she's adopted in residency to help her out.

Policies I’ve adopted in residency to help me out:

 

Do not take things personally.

A case maybe taken away, or someone may seem upset.

Often times it has nothing to do with you.

They might be having a bad day or the day needs to move faster.

 

A case maybe taken away, or someone may seem upset. Often times it has nothing to do with you. Click To Tweet

 

Residency is a journey where you’re constantly learning new things – approach with a positive open attitude.

There will be struggles, there will be times you won’t do things perfectly, there will be times you seem clumsy. Pick yourself up and try again.

Don’t forget that your seniors, attendings, hospital staff are humans.

 

There will be struggles, there will be times you won’t do things perfectly, there will be times you seem clumsy. Pick yourself up and try again. Click To Tweet

 

They have emotions and things going on in their personal lives.

They may seem intimidating because they know more/have been around more.

But ultimately they are humans, just like yourself.

 

A hospital can be a stressful environment to work.

When things are getting heated in a moment, step back mentally, take a breathe and go from there.

 

A hospital can be a stressful environment to work. When things are getting heated in a moment, step back mentally, take a breathe and go from there. Click To Tweet

 

It’s okay to ask for what you need/want.

I’ve seen this go both ways – some residents who do what’s given to them.

Some who want to do cases etc and ask for it. I’m the latter.

That’s what comes naturally to me.

If I’m asking – I’ve told myself it’s okay if I don’t always get to do what I wish for.

I ensure that I never feel entitled to anything.

 

Attendings, seniors, hospital staff are putting time and effort into teaching you.

Always practice gratitude

 

It may not feel like you’re learning.

However when you look back, you’ll realize how far you’ve come and learned.

 

 

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