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How To Smash Your Medical Career Goals in 2016

Medical Career Goals

Everyone wants to have a great career, and every career, even one in Medicine, has different things that make it great. Anyone you ask will probably tell you that setting proper goals is the way to find success, but then the trick becomes how to choose the right goals and how to go about achieving those goals. Today, we’ll have a look at how to properly set goals and work positively towards achieving them.

Get SMART

When looking to set a proper and achievable goal, there is a great method that you can make use of. It’s referred to as the SMART method, and it’s a very handy tool to have in your arsenal. It involves five things that all need to be taken into account in order to find success.

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Specific – You need to think of a specific goal or area that you want to improve. Being to generalised with your goals is a sure path to failure. The more specific your goal is, the better your chances of achieving it. For instance, when you’re doing your career planning, you won’t just be thinking that you want to be a doctor. There are a myriad of doctors, nurses, physios and other health professionals within Australia’s healthcare industry. Instead, you’ll be thinking about what kind of doctor you want to be. Is it orthopaedics that interests you? Are you aspiring to work with children? Ask yourself exactly where you want to be and direct your goal setting in that direction.

Measurable – As with any endeavor, you need to find a way to properly measure your progress. You won’t have confidence that you’re nearing your goal unless you have a way to determine how well you’re doing. It might be advisable to lay out a path that will lead you to that goal and make a list of the big steps that path will entail. Then when you complete one of the steps, check it off on your list.

Attainable – This step is arguably one of the most important. You need to make sure the goal you set is one that you can reach. Otherwise, it will only be a waste of time. Yes, you might want to be Head of Surgery one day, but if you’re still an intern that goal is very far away and nowhere near attainable at your current level. Moving up in your career is a great thing to aspire to, but you need to set more attainable goals if you want to be successful. Start with something simpler such as enhancing your relationship with the patients you see. Remind yourself that they are individuals, and treat them accordingly. Prepare yourself for those time when you make need to give them either good news or bad. Proper patient care is more than just good medicine, and achieving this smaller goal will greatly help you on your way to bigger ones.

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Relevant – In the medical field, as with any other career path, you need to be sure your goals are relevant. You don’t want to let your career path be dictated by goals that won’t help you get to where you want to be. Relevance doesn’t just mean ensuring that your smaller goals match what your ultimate goal will be. It also means making sure those goals are worthwhile and that the timing is right. Trying to achieve the right goal at the wrong time is never a good idea.

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Time-bound – Last but certainly not least, your goals need to have a set time frame in which you will achieve them. Where do you want to be in the next 90 days? What about in six months? Think about how long it should take to achieve a goal and set yourself a deadline. That will create a good sense of urgency that will help to motivate you even more.

By following these five steps, you can set yourself some great goals and hopefully see them through to completion. Remember, every goal is a process, and you need to be SMART to ensure that process is a smooth one.

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