The first thing you need to know – is that you will never know it all. You need to be ok with that.
There are over 50 specialties recognized in the United States.
Because medicine evolves so quickly. It takes a lifetime to master each specific, medical, niche.
Therefore, it is impossible to know it all. Yet, many feel like failures, because they feel “less than” – don’t compare your knowledge to the knowledge of others.
Your goal is to be the best version of yourself.
But, the question is how?
The best long term strategy is to be consistent. Learn something new every single day. This is a boring strategy – but this is what will pay off most – long term.
But, before we move forward, you need to ask yourself:
How much do I really want to know?
This is a very important question – because it will dictate how much time you put in.
Work can fall anywhere on the spectrum. From knowing just enough to get by, to being the go-to expert in your field.
They all require varying degrees of discipline.
Therefore, you have to figure out how much you truly want to know.
Now that you are in clinical practice – things will be a lot different. You will not be taking exams on a weekly basis. You will not be “required” to study every day.
Although you won’t be receiving a grade – your competency will be assessed in a much more realistic way. I often say standardized exams do not correlate to clinical practice.
In other words, you will be assessed clinically, by your patients.
Are you helping without harming?
Yes = great job
No = bad job
It’s really that simple.
So, although there isn’t an exam, in the typical sense, you are still being graded.
This can be dangerous – because you are now at the point in your career, where your learning is entirely dependent on you.
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Remember, you might not be able to control your innate talent – but you can always control how hard you work.