Andrew Tisser DO is a board-certified emergency physician and a physician career strategist. He is the Medical Director of Rochester Regional Health Urgent Care-Batavia and also works at the United Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Tisser earned his osteopathic medicine degree from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a residency in Emergency Medicine from Upstate Medical University. Dr. Tisser hosts his own podcast show called Talk2MeDoc - which focuses on issues relating to the early career physician.
While medical training is a very linear path, building a medical career can be more challenging. How can residents find their right career path? Today, Dr. Andrew Tisser shares his three-step process. First, figure out who you are and what your values are. Think back to who you were before medical school. The things you liked don’t go away when you bury them in medical training. Next, figure out what you’d like to be doing for eight to 12 hours a day. Sometimes it’s easier to start with what you don’t like doing. Then, third is the strategy: career experiments, talk to people in the industry, see what’s out there, what is possible, and work towards those goals.
Pearls of Wisdom:
1. Learning which path to choose is a three-step process: First, who are you as a person (before medical school)? Second, what do you love doing? Third, strategize and plan a path based on who you are and what you love.
2. Talk to people like a person. Acknowledge people, say hello, sit with patients, make an effort to learn people’s names.
3. Great mentors don’t sugarcoat things. They help you see what you can’t and help you figure out solutions. Find someone you trust enough to be vulnerable with.
4. At any point in your career, you have options. It’s never too late to go after what you love doing.