On feedback and reflection (or the kick for professional development)

For the second time during medical school, I received 360-feedback on my strengths and weaknesses. The ESCI, or Emotional and Social Competency Index, is lovely in retrospect and a pain beforehand. In order to obtain that 360-feedback, I submit 15min surveys to managers, peers, and folks that I manage.

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On 2017 (as told through weekly reflections)

Looking back over this solar cycle, I can identify so many patterns. So many subtle changes that were imperceptible at the time, but obvious in retrospect. Especially when compared to the previous year.

Like 2016, I divide my weekly reflections into categories: miscellaneous musings, clinical reflections, Step One, physical practices, and love. This way, I can quantify my emotions over the cycle and contrast them to last year.

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On existential crises and canine companions (or Neuro/Psych: a post-mortem)

Over this long weekend between rotations, we hosted two little dogs and one little brother. A rowdy female Pug, a nervous Pomeranian, and a combined masters/PhD student from the University of Virginia. The house felt full of love.

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On a mish-mash of reflections (or almost halfway done with third year)

Honestly, I don’t have much to reflect upon this week. There were some interesting cases on the inpatient psychiatry service, but they aren’t ones that will stick with me. Cool stories, for sure. Just not the type of stories that I need to get out of my head.

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