You hit a three hundred yard drive straight down the middle of the fairway. You play a great masterpiece on the violin. Your team works together to win the championship. There is a feel to victory and champions are victorious. Imagine a medical practice that bleeds excellence. Imagine practicing medicine as a master practitioner the way a master pianist dominates an auditorium. What would it look like if you used best practices in every disease site? What if your compassion fully comforted patients? What if your care of the poor was effective and lead to cultural changes that transcended the practice of medicine? What if your practice and research creativity was so invigorating that it changed scientific thought and improved outcomes for countless patients? You are this champion.
Training is a process of acquiring skills needed to become a competent master practitioner. One coach described training as inspiring his team to do what they did not want to do to achieve what they wanted to achieve.
At West Cancer Center, we believe that training produces doctors who impact their local clinics, national scientific thought and ultimately the whole world. Rigorous training optimizes a doctor’s productivity and effectiveness and is best done one-on-one and as you go about your practice of medicine. When properly allotted to residents, ample research time causes residents to produce excellent clinical and bench research. A great price is paid for the training by the trainee.
In Navy seal training, there is a bell that can be rung at any time to stop the process of training. This allows the trainee to enter their comfort but it disqualifies the trainee from becoming a Navy seal. At any time, ring the bell and you can go home to comfort. But for those who persevere and complete the training, there is a given level of skill, a quality to the character, a champion spirit and a high expectation of greatness.
Here is our bell.
There is likely no radiation oncology training program like this one on earth. I can imagine a patient experiencing kindness because our residents are treated kindly. We believe that loving residents makes doctors who love patients. We ask for greatness in ourselves and no less from our residents. Ultimately, persistent doctors focused on comprehensive healing and follow through on their patients make the best doctors. These doctors are made and not born. These are doctors that trusted the process of training and paid a great price to bring healing to people.
We ask you dear applicant, are you this doctor?
Dr. Michael Farmer, Residency Program Director