The End Of The Beginning: An Overview Of My Residency Years

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Camille Ryans, DPM

   Before you know it, you will be a third-year resident. The third year prepares you for the business of being a practicing podiatrist. You will be given more leadership roles. This is important because as a physician, you will be in charge of caring for your own patients. It is also important to be supportive and available to your junior residents.
Additionally, searching for jobs, preparing for board examinations and becoming licensed and credentialed at hospitals will keep you occupied. This will be your last year to have the privilege of caring for patients under the direction of an attending so learn and experience as much as you can.

   Every resident will admit that there are positives and negatives about their program. In the long run, it is an honor to be able to gain additional educational experiences through post-graduate training. However, keep in mind that learning is not limited to what a residency program has to offer and other opportunities exist.

   Dr. Ryans is completing a third-year residency at SSM DePaul Health Center in St. Louis.

   Dr. McCord retired in December 2008 from practice at the Centralia Medical Center in Centralia, Wash.

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