As Bobby Unser states, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet”. This statement is applicable in the medical profession, specifically in the surgical realm.

I will focus on three specific words from Mr. Unser’s quote, which are preparation, opportunity and success. These three words are intertwined with one another and provide a continuum for positive outcomes.

Balancing Your Personal and Professional Lives

Doctors are highly motivated to be effective in their professional life but maintaining a balance with their personal lives is a challenge for all of us. How you maintain this balance will ultimately determine not only your success but also your happiness.  I have noted that occasionally I feel discouraged about various aspects of medical care such as the vast amount of paper work that I must complete in order to care for my patients or the continued decrease in reimbursements that we are all experiencing.  When I meet with my colleagues, I know that many are experiencing the same feelings about their practices.  I get very discouraged when I hear doctors talking about leaving practice when they should be at the most productive and enjoyable aspects of their career, or when they state that they wouldn’t recommend their children or family to enter the medical profession.  

Resident Mentoring

As young podiatrists move through their residency training, somewhere around year 2 they usually start to contemplate what type of environment they see themselves practicing in.  Will they join an already established podiatry group or maybe a multi-specialty group? Do they want to simply be employed and have someone else in charge of the business aspect of the practice?