Woody Allen says that just showing up accounts for 80% of success. Woody Allen did not go to medical school.
On clinical clerkships, showing up does not ensure success. Showing up on time? Well, we’re getting closer to a passing grade now. Showing up on time and being smart, articulate, and professional? Now we’re getting somewhere.
What you say and how you look on clinical rotations has a big impact on the way you are evaluated. Before stepping onto the wards, it makes sense to consider image, particularly how you sound and look.
Does your voice convey sincerity and respect?
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What do you convey when you speak? Let’s break it down to voice and content.
Regarding voice, when was the last time you heard your voice on replay? It makes sense to use an open source program like Audacity for recording sound to find out for yourself. Does your voice convey sincerity and respect? Have you been told you have a deep southern accent or that you speak too quickly for the average listener? If so, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that give advice for … view full post »