- It triggers the old stories. Doctors use it as more evidence that contributes to the Imposter Syndrome.
- Feedback triggers the limiting beliefs that you are telling yourself every time you have to see a new patient and are unsure of the diagnosis. It’s when you shy away from calling a consult because you don’t want a colleague to think you don’t know the answer. It’s when you beat yourself up because you think you should know it but instead you have to look it up.
- Your heart and mind are cluttered with the negative feedback, criticism, and judgment you received years ago from attending physicians and preceptors. Instead of focusing on the learning and being excited about what’s ahead, you’re defensive and stuck and it is reflected in your energy most days.
- It blocks the ability to step into the right opportunity to move to your next level because you doubt yourself and use the misinformation you’ve taken out of the feedback to keep from forging ahead.
Putting It Into Practice: An Approach To Feedback
- Identity the preceptor or supervisor who will give you constructive feedback.
- Set clear expectations with an initial 5-minute discussion about your role and responsibilities on the team.
- Consider adding your own milestones to track as well. What areas can you develop that will boost your confidence and increase your level of expertise?
- Set regular intervals to track your progress.
- Use the downloadable worksheet to log the learning opportunities.
- Have a plan for corrective action.
- Take the new action.
- Track your progress.
With this system, physicians positions themselves as proactive leaders. The energy shifts, as doctors feel empowered to invest in their professional development. Feedback from a physician who used this system was that the supervisor was impressed with taking initiative.
About Dr. Stephanie
Dr. Stephanie Wellington is a physician, international speaker, coach, and founder of Nurturing MDs where she helps physicians infuse new energy into the practical steps of building a life and medical career so they own their value, recognize their strengths, balance their life. She trained at New York University in Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine and continues to live in New York with her 2 children. Get access to Define It To Find It: 5 Pillars For Physician Well-being at www.NurturingMDs.com.