ON CAREER CHOICES
When choosing a career path, remember that the best job has you spending most of your time doing things that get you excited about coming to work each day. Don’t choose a career path based primarily upon “where the jobs are,” and certainly not based upon money.
ON UNCERTAINTY AND ERROR
Being wrong is unpleasant, but it’s part of the job. Expecting perfection of yourself or your colleagues is a recipe for unhappiness.
Don’t underestimate the ability of drugs to cause harm. They will be responsible for some of the most common problems you will see in practice. Sometimes this harm will be obvious, but often it will not.
Introducing our newest segment for the UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Blog: Advice for Physicians in Training (though some of this may apply to physicians already in practice)!
We present a “distillation of the advice and wisdom” of 40 practicing physicians, to be dispensed over the next 8 weeks. Look for a new pearl each day!
A thorough history almost always trumps a thorough physical examination. Osler said “Listen to the patient. He is telling you the diagnosis.” He was right.
David Juurlink, Advice for Physicians in Training: 40 Tips From 40 Docs,The Winnower2:e142006.67645 (2014). DOI:10.15200/winn.142006.67645