Residency

Establish rapport with fellows

Residency Program Insider, May 24, 2019

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from The Residency Coordinator's Handbook, Fourth Edition. For more information about this book, click here.

Regardless of whether it is written in a coordinator’s handbook or job description, it is part of your responsibility to be sensitive to the various pressures and expectations placed upon fellows and to offer them support and appropriate understanding whenever possible. Watch for signals of burnout or excessive stress. Don’t pry or push, but don’t be afraid to mention something to your program director or GME office if you feel that something is truly amiss.

Establishing a good rapport and maintaining a solid working relationship with the trainees is key to your success. Never underestimate the power of a smile, a moment to listen, or celebrating their small achievements with an encouraging word. When all is said and done, we as fellowship coordinators play an important role in the training of physicians to assist them, even in small ways, in achieving their life-long goal of becoming specialists in their chosen medical fields.
 



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