Becoming a doctor is a challenging process that requires you to demonstrate confidence many times. This could be in terms of having self-confidence in your decisions, or confidence to demonstrate certain skills, for example at a medical school interview or undertaking assessed presentations at medical school. It is much easier to take on these challenges if you feel confident to do so.
The best way to become confident is by putting yourself outside of your comfort zone as often as possible. What this means is you have to practise. If you practise confidence then you will become more confident through your experiences. The second way to improve your confidence, is also to spend time with confident people. This is Medic Mentor’s approach to improving your confidence; by creating teaching programmes like the Medicine Leadership Programme that challenges you, whilst also giving you a chance to surround yourself with doctors.
How IMPORTANT IS CONFIDENCE IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A DOCTOR?
There will always be a first-time for you to conduct a procedure or experience a new challenging situation. Doctors are constantly thrown out of their comfort zones on a daily basis, and they must have the confidence to tackle these new situations in order to learn and deliver the best care that they can. Doctors must also have confidence in their decision-making, even if this comes down to acknowledging your own limitations, which is an important part of being a safe doctor. Then only, will your patients have confidence in your abilities and advice. Ultimately, confidence is an inherent and crucial part of being a good doctor.
Find out how you can access several programmes that have been designed to help you become a good doctor by making a selection below.