To graduating residents: You have already exceeded our expectations

A speech to graduating residents.

It’s an easy thing to count the number of seeds in an apple. In our residency class of 2018 we have nine seeds, and on your graduation, we scatter you across the country. You each carry amazing potential that we have hopefully helped nurture over your years here. You will be caring doctors kneeling by bedsides. You will be national leaders changing policies. You will be medical directors improving healthcare delivery. You will be hospital administrators making medical care more accessible. You will be teachers educating the next generation. You will be researchers, finding better ways to do emergency medicine.

You each have amazing potential.

But there something very intimidating and unsettling about being told your potential is great. Because now you carry the burden of either meeting that potential, or somehow feeling like you are a disappointment.

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