Top Ten Pieces of Advice, #3: Learn one thing each day

When you start a residency, you’ll realize there is so much that you’ve got to learn in a short period of time. One of the best pieces of advice was given to me during my first year of my 3-year residency in ophthalmology by my chairman, Dr. Stuart Fine.

“Learn one thing each day. If you can do that, then that’s 365 things a year and after 3 years…you'll know a lot.”

When I look back at that time, I was certainly overwhelmed with trying to cram in as much information on ocular disease as quickly as I could. Overtime, I understood what he meant.

In practice, I still try to learn one new nugget each day. It might be the latest report on the ocular manifestations of Zika virus or the result of an important clinical trial. It might not be related to ocular disease at all, but rather a new coding tip you've previously overlooked or insight on how to improve patient flow through your clinic.

It might not be medical at all, but rather how to manage your time in the office, so that you can have more time with your family.

Learning how to be a doctor is a lifelong process and if you spend the time to slowly accrue knowledge, you’ll gain wisdom.

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Robert Wong, MD
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