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Teamwork Is Not Optional


Learning to work in a team is not only essential for PA school, but it is mandatory.  Realize that you will always be a part of a team and you will never do anything on your own.  You can either fight this reality or you can learn how to work with others.

The most important thing to learn is you are not better than anyone.  Your job is not to run a dictatorship, but rather to facilitate roles in an attempt to provide quality and efficient care to your patients.

Do not think you are above any of the staff.

Instead of ordering nurses around (which I have seen), be their friend.  Many nurses have been doing this for many years, and can teach you valuable lessons based on experience alone. Many students (both pa and medical) will dismiss this notion because they are simply looking at a “title”. Don’t be that student.

Working with others also gives you the opportunity to ask for help.  By having a good rapport with your colleagues, they will be more inclined to help you when the time comes.  This means you should reach out and lend a hand whenever you can; this will pay you back ten times over.

“The secret to wealth life is simple: Find a way to do more for others than anyone else does. Become more valuable. Do more. Give more. Be more. Serve more.” – Tony Robbins


Give and help as much as possible and that same generosity will always come back to you.  Why is this important? Because you will never know everything. It’s impossible.

You can practice medicine for 10, 20, or even 30 years, and still, will not have all the answers.  But, those answers which you don’t have, your colleagues might.

By that same token, realize that others might be trying to help youWhen someone offers you a way to do something better or more efficiently, do not take this as an insult.  Do not let your pride or ego get in the way.

If you show you are receptive to this, your colleagues will continue to make suggestions and will continue to help.  If you get angry, then you better believe that will be the last time they reach out to help you.

Remember, you are not entitled to anything.  No one owes you anything, so while I say give and you will receive, do not demand it.  People will help you because they want to, not because they owe you.  It is for this reason, that you should always help others because it is something you want to do. Do not do it for the sole reason of hoarding IOUs.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”  – Winston Churchill