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How to Handle Criticism as a Medical Student

Posted by medliorator on April 25, 2009

Accept self-criticism properly – It has taken my entire first year, a new way of studying and a doubling of my efforts to finally become “average.” …As I got to know my classmates more, my past achievements and experiences in comparison seemed to be insignificant. There was always someone who would be smarter, more talented, more sociable, harder working, athletic, or better than me at certain activities. This can do terrible things to your self-esteem.

Instead of just focusing on the negatives, you must take time to appreciate all your own accomplishments, even if they seem insignificant to others. Compare yourself to yourself. If everyday, you can wake up and be a better person than you were yesterday, you have already made progress.

Separating the Critic from the CriticismNo one loves a messenger of bad news, so please don’t shoot the messenger! For the most part, your preceptors and professors are on your side… Don’t always handle criticism with a hostility. A enthusiastic and humble attitude makes the difference between a frustrating comment and an opportunity to grow.

Handling Criticism [Medaholic]

Correlate: How to Utilize Criticism

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