Transition from student to professional doctor is complex. There is no ‘curriculum’ for such a process. Much is intuited through observation. This transition can be assisted by supervisors with a caring responsive approach to the overall professional needs and development of students/trainees.
Many students/trainees encounter clinical events that are highly challenging to them personally and professionally. There is evidence that working through such episodes with a trusted supervisor is helpful in scaffolding the development of students/trainees through such episodes.
External factors and life events impact us all. For students/trainees such factors may impact their professional activities and learning. Supervisors alert to such external factors may be able to assist students/trainees to navigate through such pressures, facilitating on-going professional and personal development.