#TipsForNewDocs is a click away. Share yours!
We love the #TipsForNewDocs news feed on Twitter.
Credited by one source to Australia’s PRINT Conference, the hashtag has been in popular use for the past several years. Twitter users across the world share funny, poignant and useful advice — that’s both brief and broadly relevant. It’s a great source of wisdom for new doctors (and you don’t need a Twitter account to scroll through the list!)
Research even backs it up. A review by Rashid, McKechnie and Gill (2018) concludes, “Despite their brief and often jocular nature, #TipsForNewDocs tweets provid[e] meaningful advice for newcomers to the profession, often focusing on tacit learning and professional socialisation. Hashtag-driven enquiries can be a valuable and time-efficient way of accessing and sharing tacitly held knowledge.”
What are your best tips? Please share by leaving a comment.
We’re working on a special feature article aimed at residents. What do you wish you had been told early on in your career? Please share your wisdom generously in the comments, submit it or tweet @Royal_College using #RCTipsForNewDocs. The final article will be posted in September.
To inspire you, here are some sample tips
On night call, I used to answer: “What’s the emergency?”
Then, I needed on-call peds for my kid- his first words: “How can I help?”
That’s how I respond now.
Not being nice won’t limit calls, it just makes them unpleasant for all involved.#kittlesonrules
— Michelle Kittleson (@MKIttlesonMD) June 20, 2019
I am a person who is naturally quick to respond/act. In residency, I learned that, if time allows, waiting to respond can be therapeutic and many problems will solve themselves. It’s magical! #TipsForNewDocs
— Ann Young MD (@AnnYoungMD) June 19, 2019
— Avital O’Glasser, MD FACP FHM (@aoglasser) June 16, 2019
1) Introduce yourself & your role to everyone in room
2) never assume relationships, (verify spouse, kid, friend)
3) SIT DOWN (no chair? GET A CHAIR)
4) Speak in plain language (oncologist = cancer doctor)
5) “what ?s do you have” is better than “any ?s”
— Fumiko Ladd Chino, MD (@fumikochino) June 18, 2019
When an experienced nurse says “something isn’t right,” you better listen. #tipsfornewdocs
— Sandy Simons MD (@ERGoddessMD) June 18, 2019