Jan 1, 2021
Guest: Jess Mason, MD, FACEP, director
of the Medical Education Fellowship at UCSF-Fresno and deputy
editor of EM:RAP, EM:RAP HD videos, and creator of EM:RAP’s C3
Hosts: Ranjita Raghavan, MD, of The Mount Sinai
Hospital EM Residency, and Shreyans Sanghvi, DO, of Northwell
Zucker School of Medicine (North
Emergency medicine offers an
exciting yet staggering number of career paths. In this episode, we
explore what it takes to find your niche in the specialty. Get the
inside track from Jessica Mason, MD, FACEP, who
knew early on what motivates her and has established herself as a
leader in FOAMed.
- If you are looking for inspiration for what niche to pursue,
ask yourself, "What bothers you?" The answer to this question
usually will lead to something you are passionate about.
- You do not need to be at a residency that directly fits your
passions; you can find mentors and pursue opportunities anywhere
you go. You just need to reach out to people; they will generally
be willing to help.
- When reaching out to someone, do NOT ask "What should I do?"
Instead, come with an idea or plan; this is more helpful and shows
you are motivated and inspired, and people will find it easier to
help you execute your ideas.
- "Everything is already taken" – except it's not. There is
always room for another voice, a different perspective, or a fresh
approach. Just because it's been done before does not mean there is
no room for you.
- Everyone is always hiring. Remember this; every interaction is
a connection, and you never know when an opportunity will pop up
suddenly, so reach out to people and places you are interested
- Whatever you do, 10% of people are not going to like it – and
that is good; it means you made an impression. The most inspiring
people usually have strong opinions.
- Say yes to opportunities and be willing to take a leap of