6 pieces of advice for graduating medical students and residents

My (sometimes solicited, but often unsolicited) advice for graduating medical students, residents, and fellows:

June is one of my favorite times of the year.  One, because it’s summer, but also because it’s graduation season.  I love seeing and hearing about everyone’s accomplishments, and seeing years of hard work come to fruition – although if I’m being honest, it’s bittersweet, because it’s also a reminder of how I’m getting older.

This year, I’ve been more aware of it than most, because I’ve received a lot of messages from medical students waiting to be added to the Physician Side Gigs Facebook group, saying that they’ve graduated.  Some of these conversations inevitably lead to me giving solicited (or unsolicited) advice.  There’s just so many things I wish somebody would’ve told me during my training, and I couldn’t help myself (apologies to those who really didn’t want to hear it).

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