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Apr 30, 2021

Moises Auron MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Medical Director of Blood Management for the Cleveland Clinic, and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Officer for the Department of Hospital Medicine on the Main Campus. He is also a part of the core faculty of the internal medicine residency program and the pediatrics hospital medicine fellowship program. Dr. Auron completed his medical school in National Autonomous University of Mexico and residency in Internal Medicine at National Medical Science and Nutrition Institute Salvador Zubiran and residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His main areas of expertise are quality and patient safety, blood management, and medical education. He has been awarded with numerous awards from the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Executive Coaching and Mentorship including the 2020 Susan J. Rehm Inspiration Award and the 2019 Mentor of the Year Award.

As medical students, we all do the normal: go on rounds, see patients, give presentations, and then go. Today, Dr. Moises Auron shares what champions do. They want to do the resident’s job. They’ll ask questions, provide input, and try to answer. While they may not always be right, their curiosity pushes them to go the extra mile. They’re the ones who will write up a clinical vignette and want to submit it. Dr. Auron explains that “students, residents that bring something to the table, share literature, make the whole team learn -- those are the champions.”

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Find the balance between pride and humility. Have the pride to make autonomous decisions about patient care, but also the humility to ask questions. No question is a silly question.
2. There is a fine line between imposter syndrome and growth mindset. How can you be confident and yet open to ask questions? Engage in regular self-reflection. Reflect on what you’ve achieved (confidence) and also look at your knowledge gaps (growth).
3. Be fearless in reaching out to mentors, Don’t be intimidated! In fact, reach out to those farthest away because they have the wealth of experience.
4. To make the good-to-great transition, go the extra mile. Take the initiative with excitement and enthusiasm. Go beyond with energy and motivation.