Sarah Floden, MD
Page Family Endowed Chief Resident
What’s next for you, personally and professionally?
I will be a primary care doctor at the UW Union Corners Clinic. I know I will have so much to learn, especially in my first several years of practice, and the team at Union Corners is incredibly supportive and warm. I also admire the amazing physicians at Union Corners. They are people I hope to emulate throughout my career. I know they will be amazing resources to me and my husband Pat as we embark on parenthood—we are so excited to welcome a baby girl this summer!
What are the main takeaways from your time as chief resident?
I learned that admitting my shortcomings and mistakes is hard, but mistakes are inevitable. People generally respect and appreciate you more when you own up to your mistakes and suggest solutions, rather than make excuses. I learned that mentoring residents—especially when they trust me enough to open up and share their difficult experiences - is incredibly meaningful to me, and something I hope to do for years to come.
What advice/words of encouragement do you have for a) the incoming chiefs, b) the incoming interns, and c) residents who are considering applying for chief residencies next year?
To the incoming chiefs: there will always be teaching sessions to prepare for, or scheduling conflicts to address. Even though it's really hard, set aside time to work on something that is important to you throughout the next year (whether it's research, a curriculum project, or a thorough job search). You will be so glad you did! To the incoming PG-1s: you are not expected to have all the answers. If you already did, what would be the point of intern year?! Your team will appreciate it when you say, "I don't know," and help you learn as you go. To residents considering a chief year: I am so glad I took the leap. I have learned how to be a better teacher and problem-solver. I look forward to coming into work every day, because it means I get to work with my co-chiefs, Andy, and our residents. Life is short, so go after opportunities that excite and challenge you.
Is there anything else you’d like to share, whether they’re shout-outs or memories?
Thank you, Nadia, John, Gabby and Andy. I admire you more than I could ever express with words. I am really going to miss seeing you every day and excited to see all the wonderful things you do. Hoping we can get together now and then to reminisce and catch up over coffee or beers!