J Acad Ophthalmol 2014; 07(01): e017-e020
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1396088
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The Millennials in Medicine: Tips for Teaching the Next Generation of Physicians

Maria Aaron
1   Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Patricia Levenberg
2   Formerly with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Review Committee for Ophthalmology, Chicago, Illinois
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Publication Date:
23 December 2014 (online)


The topic of generational differences has received a great deal of attention in the workplace; however, very few papers have addressed the topic of how this new generation, the Millennials, have merged into the health care arena. While medical schools continue to admit the most talented students, the Millennials grew up in an environment that was markedly different than those of most physicians and patients. In many ways, these young physicians fit nicely into the changing environment of health care. They work well in interdisciplinary teams, are technology experts who are easily able to access knowledge, and coordinate patient care. They are known to be team players, safety oriented, optimistic, and civic minded. On the other hand, there are some characteristics of this group that may present challenges to older generations. These individuals were raised in a booming economy and were often showered with praise. Our standard approaches to educating residents are no longer ideal. Our newest learners in the health care arena require novel approaches to feedback, mentoring, teaching and learning, and work–life balance. The purpose of this article is to provide academic medical educators the necessary tools to maximize the education of this generation, which will in turn improve patient care.

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