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Nov 9, 2020

Dr Dominique Cosco is an associate professor of Medicine and Director of the Internal Medicine residency program at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition, Dr. Cosco is the Director of Teacher Development for the Academy of Educators at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr Cosco completed her Medical school from Tulane University and Residency in Internal Medicine from Emory. During her time as a faculty member at Emory University, she served as an Associate Program Director of the Emory University Internal Medicine Residency Program and directed the Global Health Distinctions Program. She is widely recognized for her role as Director of the Coaching Program at Emory and as Director of the TEACH (Teaching Educators Across the Continuum of Healthcare) Program in the Society of General Internal Medicine. She has also held significant educational and leadership roles in Academic Alliance for Internal Medicine (AAIM) and the Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) where she is the Chair for the program planning committee. Because of her exceptional skills and expertise, she has received a number of honors and awards for her educational contributions and citizenship.

As physicians, we each have individual strengths. And while they should be recognized, Dr. Dominique Cosco reminds us that we should be continually looking for ways to improve and refine those strengths. Today, she talks about embracing new opportunities for growth that we encounter throughout our career in medicine. Dr. Cosco realized early on that growth and learning never stop. And in medicine, leaning into the ways we can build on our strengths will take us from good…to great.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Even in our strengths, we have an opportunity to grow and refine them. Recognize your unique strengths but understand that you will continually have opportunities to improve those strengths. That will take us from good to great.
2. We have to be flexible, yet willing to make small decisions. As we make small decisions along the way, keep our minds open to the big picture, so we can continue to navigate the ship in the right direction.
3. It’s not about how smart you are, it’s about how well you play on a team. To lead well, you have to know how to lead from within.