Working on Yourself: Intangibles of a Successful Surgery Resident

  • Amir A. GhaferiEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


Self-actualization is the key to success as a surgical resident. Students who have chosen a future in surgery are a motivated, eager, and confident group. The importance of continual self improvement is paramount to success. As such, leadership, communication, and resilience are three traits that provide room for such growth. This chapter will provide insights and advice on how to “work on yourself.”


Leadership communication Communication Intangible skills of surgery 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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