Tag Archives: Residents

A Message to Incoming Residents: Build Your Cathedral

This blog post is taken from my comments to the incoming class of residents of the St Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, CO. The setting was the Devil’s Kitchen trail in the Colorado National Monument during our annual orientation hike.

Randall Reitz , PhD, LMFT

Randall Reitz

Long ago, there was a traveler who came upon three men working with stone. Curious as to their labors, the traveler approached the first worker and asked, “What are you doing with these stones?” Without halting, the worker responded, “I am a stonecutter and I am cutting stones.”

Not satisfied with this answer, the traveler approached the second and asked, “What are you doing with these stones?” The worker paused for a moment, wiped his brow, met the traveler’s eyes, and stated “I am a stonecutter and I am making money to support my family.”

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I Believe that Behavioral Education Is the Domain of the Courageous and Resilient


This is the second in a series of collaborative blog posts between the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Corey Smith, PsyD

Corey Smith, PsyD

I believe that behavioral education in family medicine is the domain of the courageous and resilient. Behavioral scientists, the “Lone Wolf” of medical education, are asked to educate residents (often with little support) in areas sometimes antithetical to their students’ previous 4 years of medical school.

Example: Motivational Interviewing (MI). Teaching a group of intelligent overachievers, who recently finished training aimed at increasing their comfort with giving orders, that giving orders might be the worst choice they could make? Bring it on.

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Mentoring Female Residents

Sarina Schrager, MD, MS

Sarina Schrager,

There are many unique aspects to being a female physician. Being a female faculty member brings with it another layer of complexity to the relationships with female residents. As a mentor and role model for female residents, we have a unique responsibility to help shape their future.  Like it or not, our residents look to faculty as not only teachers of medicine but teachers about life as a physician. And, a female physician at that.

The female residents in my program often seek me out to discuss issues not related to their education in family medicine but related instead to how they want their lives to look after residency or how they can balance residency with their current lives.

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