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How to Master Humility on the Wards

Posted by medliorator on January 6, 2010

The clinical years of medical school are, in large part, a game of appearances.  Medical students must find there place at the bottom rung, and they must excel in this place.  An air of humility is often interpreted by the rest of the team in a positive light.  Many of your evaluators use humility as a surrogate marker for other personality traits valued in health care (work ethic, cooperation, compassion, intelligence).  Any behaviors that smack of condescension will come back to bite you, even if you are the most productive worker on your team.  Learn humility by avoiding it’s opposite.  Here are a few tips to unlearn condescending behaviors from wikiHow:

3.  Be compassionate, not condescending …see others for all the struggles, triumphs, achievements, doubts, fragility, and strengths that they are really made of.  We are all in positions of unique perspective. Every person you see is a wealth of information and ideas that you haven’t come across. Learn how to approach people looking to find the hidden gem in them. Look for that unique thing in them that makes them special. You will find that you don’t have to fake it.

4. Try something new. Do something you have never done before, something that requires you to rely on somebody else’s knowledge and abilities. Let yourself trust them and keep your mind and ears wide open …Learning is a process of being humble and in being humble, you unlearn condescension.

5.  Be assertive, not biting. make your points using the skills of assertive speaking. If you are afraid that people won’t respect you or listen, think again – people respect the differing views of others when they are put calmly, clearly, and with a view to discussion rather than cutting off further communications

How to Stop Being a Condescending Person [WikiHow]

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