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PPMA Update
PENNSYLVANIA PODIATRIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JULY/AUGUST 2020

As an Attending Final Decisions Now Rest in Your Hands

Life after Residency

-By PPMA Board Member Christine Nolan, DPM
It is that time of year. Residents are graduating and becoming attendings, joining the ranks of full immersion into
practice-hood. It is a transition, and for myself and I am
sure others, it's a jump. You go from having a safety net to
jumping off the
"You go from having a trapeze without
safety net to jumping off one. Often times
as a resident, life
the trapeze without one." seems so certain.
You have all the
answers to questions, you are prepared, but the reality
remains that final decisions lie in the hands of another.
As I sit here and start to write this article, it's almost 8:00
p.m., and I am waiting for two add-on cases to go. I have

already had a full day of clinic patients, and our
Neurosurgical team just bumped me. Things do not always
improve once you are an attending, just so you, as new
residency graduates, know.
As an Attending:
*	 You will be stretched beyond whatever limits you
thought you had;
*	 Former instincts begin to flex;
*	 Things you once thought to be absolute are not;
*	 You will seemingly learn to doubt yourself and trust
yourself simultaneously; and
*	 Grow at what seems like a staggering pace.
I want to share some of my insights I have gained since
becoming an attending not that many years ago-
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