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As a physician, you will fail at your job in these different ways. Learn from them.

To me, five years ago:

Right now you are 28, seated at the top of everything: chief resident of the entire pediatric department. You are in charge of 19 other interns and residents. You are resilient, kind, funny and determined. You seem to have the solution for everything, yet you don’t actually have the answer to anything. At least that’s how you’ll feel on most days in your new leadership role. As chief resident, you will repeatedly fail at your job in helping to train and educate medical students and interns/residents. In fact, you will also fail as a teacher and as a leader every month when you first become an attending physician. However, I am here to remind you of a great quote by Henry Ford, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”

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