Teaching is the art of giving back what you have learned along your journey of medicine, and offers a chance to help shape the future career of an upcoming doctor!
By teaching others, you challenge your communication skills and ensure you are absolutely up to date with your own medical knowledge. Medicine really is an endeavor of life-long learning.
This weekend I was honored to participate in the Medical School graduation ceremony of Dr. Elena Vega, a bright and driven woman who has been accepted into a surgery program in New York. She hopes to also train in Plastic Surgery in the future.
Dr. Karen Horton "guest hooding" Dr. Elena Vega at her Medical School graduation - June 7, 2009, California
This student spent two separate month-long rotations with me in my private practice and excelled in her clinical and surgical skills, learned a great deal about everything I do in my practice, and was inspired to pursue surgical training herself!
Congratulations to Dr. Elena Vega. I welcome her to the medical community as a colleague and peer.