Over my first several months of third year, I’ve met some awesome physicians who have been extremely willing and effective teachers on my rotations. These doctors have not only been amazing teachers to students, but most are also incredible leaders and members of their respective teams and wonderful with and respected by their patients. With each of these role model preceptors’ great interactions and conversations, I make conscious and subconscious mental notes of how I can hopefully one day become a role model preceptor myself:
- Take the extra time. The patience of the hospitalist who would take five hours for rounds and sit down with each family to answer all of their questions was astounding. The parents so appreciated his time.
- Acknowledge people as people. I was so impressed by the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases attending who knew and greeted each resident, nurse, patient care associate, and administrative assistant by name. His efforts to get to know his team members on a personal level made him well liked by all.
- Admit when you don’t know something. Showing me what resources to look for answers in and having me research the topic on my own and report back to you is a great learning opportunity for us both.
- Go out of your way to teach me. Yes, you’ve seen hand-foot-mouth disease a million times, but I haven’t even seen it once! But because you grabbed me and showed me someone with a classic case, I’m more likely to recognize it when I see it my second time.
- Challenge me. By pushing me out of my comfort zone, I’ve surprised myself with how much I do know and the things I can do. And become more aware of what I need to brush up on.