Compiled Advice from Advisory Center for Health Professionals Advisors

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During 2017, I was fortunate to interview several current and former Senior Advisors from the Advisory Center for Health Professionals. Though all advisors are experienced, respected academicians, each brings his or her own unique advice to navigating a fulfilling career in medicine. Below are a series of quotes that distill some of the key pieces of advice offered by our Senior Advisors to current trainees.

General Advice

“It’s OK to say ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I need help.’”

“When you are stressed, seek support.”

“What’s really important in life is your kids and your partner. Never forget that.”

“We need to communicate to students and young people what a wonderful activity being a real doctor is. It really is fun.”

“Never compromise your family. Family has to be first in your considerations over time.”

On Gratitude

“Step back a moment a realize how extraordinarily privileged you are both educationally and professionally.”

“Honor the opportunity and privilege of becoming a physician.”

On Career Planning

“It’s OK to say ‘I made a mistake and I need to change direction.’”

“The medical career is like a chromosome. There are lots of genes. You can turn on an investigative gene, an institution building gene, or a clinical gene. There are lots of ways to have an exciting medical career, and you can go through different phases at different times of your life.”

“Be very careful in how you pick your ambitions, because you are very likely to realize them.”

“Use your time efficiently. Set your priorities and stick to them.”

On Mentors

“Get a good mentor. You really need somebody who is interested in you as a human being and not interested in you as an employee. They need to ask you ‘what do you want to be when you’re all grown up?’ and help you achieve what you want.”

“In general, I had a variety of mentors in a variety of different career stages and specialties of medicine.”

“Identify role models who exemplify the kind of physician you want to be and seek them out.”

About the Author
Dr. Anubodh

Dr. Anubodh "Sunny" Varshney

Dr. Varshney is completing a residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. He is a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was the recipient of the Hemphill-Gojer Award in Internal Medicine as the top student pursuing internal medicine. As a medical student, he published a number of online articles in The Student Doctor Network and U.S. News & World Report on preparing for medical school. As a Resident Advisor, Dr. Varshney will apply his writing skills to the services provided by the Advisory Center for Health Professionals.

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