Beyond Residency: The Tables Have Turned

By Emily Kirkwold posted 10-20-2014 15:57


Do you remember seeing the Pixar short animation called “Geri’s Game”? An elderly man is playing an intent game of chess, and then you see him pick himself up and go over to the other side of the table to play as his opponent. There were many days during my residency year when I wondered, what would it be like to be on the other side of this experience? Being in the first year after my residency, I have begun to discover the answer.

A couple of months ago, I had my first experience precepting a resident at my institution. I was sort of nervous because I was just in her shoes a few months prior! What did I know about precepting? I couldn’t be as helpful and knowledgeable as my preceptors were. As I went through my day with her, answering questions and discussing patients and clinical topics, I realized I was doing it! I was precepting! It was amazing to grasp the fact that the tables had really turned and I was a capable preceptor. Maybe I didn’t feel like I was going to get an award anytime soon, but the realization that I had the skills and confidence to guide a new residence was empowering.

I had a similar experience recently, when I participated in ASHP’s CV Review program. I had participated in the program before, as both a student and a resident. However, this time instead of submitting my CV, I reviewed the CVs of others. When I sat down with the CVs and my correcting pen in hand, I thought about how good it felt to be on the other side of the table. I was able to share my experiences and advice with eager students hoping to apply for residencies. It really made me realize how grateful I am for the help I have been given throughout my career and for the opportunity to now help others.

Yes, students, residents, colleagues, you will have a chance to sit on the other side of the table too. Just remember, it is up to you to pick yourself up out of the chair you’re in and make the most of your new perspective.

How have the tables turned for you as your career has advanced?

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