On this episode of the AOA Lessons in Orthopaedic leadership, Charles Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Alexander Aleem, MD speak to Tessa Balach, MD, FAOA and Mary Mulcahey, MD, FAOA. Drs. Balach and Mulcahey will co-chair the CORD Conference on the 25th of March in Chicago and the Summer CORD Conference in Providence, June 17-18, 2022.

After a brief introduction, the Drs. Balach and Mulcahey speak about the boom in resident leadership development, noting the breadth of knowledge that applicants and residents have about the world ahead of them. 

Drs. Balach and Mulcahey discuss  how teaching leadership and soft skills brings excitement to their roles, noting these skills are also transferrable outside of academic medicine. They share how coaching, providing advice and feedback, as well as teaching leadership subconsciously through role modeling are all important topics for resident education.  

We learn how focusing on topics related to emotional intelligence and growth mindset can allow us to take advantage of other opportunities. Dr. Goldfarb shares a statement he read recently from Harvard Business Review that said in coaching and giving feedback it is important that both parties be in the right frame of mind to give and receive feedback. 

The group advise Residents to not be afraid to ask your program director about what opportunities are out there for you. 

Drs. Balach and Mulcahey share  information about the upcoming CORD Conference and how they are extremely looking forward to the debate style discussions!

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Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion