In the past, there was no curriculum, but today’s medical students are taught professional skills as part of their education.

Crystal Clay Wright, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and she provided 8 years of academic guidance and professional development to medical students during her service as Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Anesthesiology and Director of the Baylor College of Medicine Learning Community in the Undergraduate Medical Education Department.

In this interview, Drs. Ansari-Winn and Wright discuss

  • why developing a professional identity is important
  • how students develop a professional identity while remaining themselves
  • the technique of reflective writing and how it can make one a better doctor
  • how everyday mindfulness and self-care are professional development skills