How you present yourself on the wards is just as important as your test scores on shelf exams. It tells your attendings and residents what kind of character you have, what kind of physician you may end up becoming, and on a microscopic level, directly affects your evaluations. I have heard of friends complaining of evaluations where they get called distant/cold, aloof, or are recommended to brush up on their knowledge. Being cognizant of this and having received good evaluations myself, I think I have a decent idea of what is a good vibe you should give off as a trainee. Generally, being curious, confident, enthusiastic, and going beyond the wards are traits that I have found jive very well with attendings. When you demonstrate that you care about your patients and want to check up on them beyond the required rounding, physicians always seem to be impressed. Curiosity and perpetual thirst for knowledge should also be maintained as much as possible, to the point where you are researching information on your patients outside of the clinic, and taking time to dig deep into patient charts to learn more about them than is required. Confidence is HIGHLY important, even if you feel lost and don’t know what you are doing. You have learned a vast amount of knowledge up until now, and even if you are uncertain, you should present your patients and assessment/plans confidently based on what you believe is right. Superiors like to see that you are confident in your thoughts and enjoy the opportunity to teach you if not the right answer.
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Alex is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. As an avid lover of the intellect and interspecialty collaboration associated with medicine, she is excited to be applying for Internal Medicine residency programs. Her interest in medicine largely stems from her volunteer work in free clinics in underserved communities and experiences growing up with a brother with autism.
Before attending medical school, Alex completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 2014 and her Master of Public Health (concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology) at Yale University in 2016.
When she is not working in the hospital or studying, you can find Alex running by the lake, doing circuit workouts outdoors in the fields, drawing and/or writing, or at home spending time with her family in the suburbs of Chicago.