Add these Skills to your CV to Standout

Digital Technology for Clinicians

As a medical students and psychiatry trainees, we all have one thing in common—we suck at the use of technology. That’s an opportunity. If you learn and master some digital skills, you can easily standout from the crowd. You may polish your PowerPoint Skills to impress your audience during your presentations, or data-analytical softwares and skills to help with researchers, learn other softwares meant for researchers, or even the skills of searching PubMed like a Pro (which is no less than learning SPSS), or learn diagram making softwares to elaborate mental ideas for your students or audience, etc. And then some teacher tech—like Moodle. And so on.

Professional Soft-Skills

How to deliver a presentation? How to manage your anxiety while presenting? How to resolve conflict? How to practice mindfulness? How to manage anger? How to write like a pro (unlike me)? How to communicate with empathy? How to discover your hidden biases?

In short—how to manage yourself and get better. These are the skills that we as psychiatrists think we are best at, but trust me, that’s not the case. There is a lot of room for improvement. Check out LinkedIn learning for these free courses to begin to see how much we still lack and how much there is to improve.

Master In-Demand Professional Soft-Skills

This collection of courses is free for a limited time, get it done in 2020 before it becomes paid again. LinkedIn Learning is your best university to improve your skills further.

Research Methods and Biostatistics

Ever wonder why you feel difficulty getting your research article completed? You are not alone. To publish an article, you need many, many skills. Literature search, authorship skills, Microsoft Word, referencing, choosing the right study design, and methods, statistical analysis, sample size calculation, and so on. Finally, you are required to plan your study according to the requirement of your target journal. So you can understand why you are stuck at getting your first few studies into publication. Unchain yourself by first spending some time learning these methods. Then see how it goes. There are courses online; Coursera, edX, CDC Train, and as you may have already felt, my favorite, LinkedIn Learning.

Published by Waleed Ahmad

Consultant Psychiatrist, Mercy Teaching Hospital, and Peshawar Medical College. MBBS, FCPS. I study and treat only patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I have NOT attempted or passed any part of MRCPsych and have no intention at the moment, but I am enlightened about how people prepare and keep myself up to date on psychiatric knowledge.

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