Jul 10, 2020
Overview: In this episode, Dr. Jessie Werner hears Dr.
Amal Mattu’s 10 Pearls for Success in Residency. These pearls were
developed for Interns but will benefit any level of training.
Follow this advice and you’re sure to be a star
Check out Dr. Amal Mattu’s White Board Teaching with his
10 Pearls for Success below:
- Learn the names of the Nurses and Techs! Thank them
often. Let’s face it, they spend
more time with the patients than we’re able to. They know when
something’s not right and they will catch things that will help
- Don’t manage sick patient’s on your own. EM is a team sport.
Always notify your senior or
attending about a sick patient. They’ll respect your good judgment
and trust you more!
- Don’t judge patients or consultants without walking a mile in
their shoes. Everyone has their own
story. Be empathetic and compassionate - it will make you feel
- Peter Rosen “Nobody woke up this morning and decided to ruin
YOUR day.” Happiness is you choice. Be happy, stay positive.
- Nobody expects you to know much (yet). But we do expect you to
be 100% reliable. Residency is a
time of learning! It’s ok to not know things but show up on time
(or early), follow through on tasks, and give everything your best
- Never ever, ever lie. If you don’t know something (or didn’t do
something), be honest. This is
where your reputation is made. You will gain the trust of your
colleagues and attendings by always being honest. We don’t care
that you don’t know or forgot to do something. Just admit it and
offer to fix it!
- Want to get smart? Do two things:
- Read up on at least one patient per shift
Learning in residency can feel
overwhelming. A great and manageable way to learn is by taking it
one step at a time by reading about one thing you saw after every
shift. Take advantage of your attending’s and consultant’s
knowledge! Ask why they chose Roc over Succs or keppra over
- Never be arrogant. You’ll be wrong many times in your
career. Learn humility now. Even
the best, most seasoned physicians have to look things up.
Overconfidence leads to errors. Stay humble.
- Eat and hydrate during every shift. You won’t be able to be the best for your
patients if you haven’t taken care of yourself. We promise you
won’t lose points for having a snack or going to the bathroom. Eat,
- Never forget what a privilege and responsibility it is that
people who don’t know you ask for your help on the worst day of
their life. You went into medicine
to help people. Hold onto your compassion and empathy. Remember
what an honor it is to have people place their trust and confidence
in you as an Emergency physician.