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More challenges of a foreign trained doctor.

First off, happy new month, it is the second half of the year. Are you working on your goals? For me its been a very good half but I'm hoping that the next half will be better. Currently in medicine rotation and it has been different but very helpful. I have grown, learnt lots and worked on my confidence. My experience so far has prompted me to do this post.

I did a post about a year ago on the challenges of a young doctor abroad. http://www.berrysmotivation.com/2017/03/the-challenges-of-young-doctor-abroad.html A year later, I still face daily challenges and sharing another post is ideal for the moment.

How do you deal with these challenges as a foreign trained doctor? I have used my learning experience to come up with few useful tips.

1. Study your environment: Getting to know your environment is very important. Know what works in the system you find yourself and how to deal with situations. Most systems work strictly with guidelines whilst others may be flexible with guidelines. Get to know the people around you and warm up to your environment. Sometimes the bond with colleagues at works makes the work environment fun to be in. In some circumstances being "fake" works and you have to live by pleasing your superiors to get competences signed off for you. As blunt as it may sound, I would say, work your environment.

2. Accept negative feedback and see it as room for improvement: I always love criticism. Honestly speaking, that has always worked in my favour and has made me a better doctor. In the heat of the criticism or the feedback, you may feel very terrible with your confidence shattered but always see the positives and take learning points from everything.

3. Get a Medical mentor: Not everyone had it easy at the very first go. I think everyone has an experience to share especially when you are at the start of the journey. It may get very discouraging somewhere in between but having someone guide you as you progress in your journey will be very useful. I had a moment where the pressure built up and I just couldn't see myself going any further in medicine, but I found a senior colleague to talk to, with just few minutes of counselling and few days, perhaps weeks of re-thinking, I found myself in the sphere of things again.

4. Share your experience with colleagues: When you share your experience with colleagues certainly not all but those you regard as friends, you will be shocked at how much they have to share. I shared mine with a colleague who came to the country around same time I did and it was amazing how much we had in common. After sharing our experiences with each other, I didn't feel like the victim anymore but I had a better understanding of things.

5. Be competent: A competent doctor will rarely be faulted. The most important bit is being competent and confident. I spoke to a friend practicing in the U.S to find out about her experience, we both came to a realization that we are all competing in a foreign country, far away from home, the only way you can stand out and be highly respected is to be the best at what you do. To be the best it means your skills have to be up to date. Taking relevant courses, reading, asking questions and being receptive to learning are ways that can help.

Have an amazing month and a beautiful week.
Cheers
Mute.

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