Promotion to chief resident: Paying it forward
Promotion to the chief resident year comes with yet another form of responsibility, in that we inherently become responsible for our junior residents and medical students. We assume the guise of leaders and role models for our mentees and transition into teachers—in conferences, in the clinic, on rounds, and in the operating room. I have gained an increasing appreciation for the patience that my own mentors and attending surgeons have demonstrated for me, and now I have the opportunity to pay the debt forward.
By assuming the administrative responsibility of distributing operative case assignments among residents and dictating the content of educational conferences, I share the responsibility of ensuring that junior residents are progressing appropriately in their training.
Indeed, the journey to become a urologist has taught me several valuable lessons that extend beyond the curriculum found in our textbooks. Certainly, the knowledge and technical skills that we learn as trainees are imperative for clinical practice. However, we must also learn to appreciate the privilege that we are gifted as physicians and surgeons. In order to complete our transformation into urologists, we must learn to understand and respect the multifaceted importance of responsibility for our patients, our teachers, and our mentees.
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