Today we had the letters we wrote to ourselves at the beginning of residency returned to us:
Dear Me (at the end of residency),
As I begin my journey in residency and start having clinical and academic experiences as a physician, my expectations are grounded in optimism and desire to improve. No matter what feedback, positive or negative, I have heard from colleagues ahead of me, I hope to build and create this experience for myself.
In the case presentations and analyses that will follow, I am again thrown into a state of vulnerability as I had experienced as a medical student. However, this time I promise myself I will have no fear of judgement and worry, for I know I possess the tools within myself, and the ability to improve can only be achieved with the feedback of others – my preceptors, tutors and colleagues. I look forward to the challenge.
Currently, I am settling into the physician title. I am still stumbling to introduce myself as Doctor. But this is the mere start to becoming a CANMEDS encompassing clinician.
In two years I know reading this letter will bring forth a reminder of how I will carry this grand title with a humble soul.
Sincerely Me (at the start of residency)