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You are a Role Model

You are a Role Model


Residents are role models for junior residents and medical students. Things that can help you be a good role model as a resident include having a connection with other learners, being strong in clinical medicine and demonstrating professional behaviours.


Barriers to good role modeling include being:

  • impatient

  • overly opinionated

  • inflexible

  • quiet

  • reserved

  • overextended

  • difficulty remembering names and faces[4]

Some of these are personal qualities that can be more of a challenge to over come (e.g. being quiet) but others may be related to stress or over work.