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ALUMNI: How One Recent Grad Benefits from Lessons Learned in a Former Career

August 04, 2016

Ryan Davis, MD, Ross Class of 2014

Ryan Davis, MD, Ross Class of 2014

Like many Ross graduates, Ryan Blaine Davis, MD (’14) took a nontraditional route on his journey to becoming a physician. But unlike many graduates, Davis took a route that included a detour into banking and real estate. Most surprising of all is that, according to Davis, the skills necessary to be a successful banker aren’t much different from the skills he’s utilizing today as an OB-GYN resident at New York’s Rochester General Health System. Here’s his take on what his nontraditional experience taught him about practicing medicine.

On Trust

"In banking and real estate, it’s all about client relationships. In those businesses, you’re not going to be successful if you don’t have a great relationship with each of your clients. They need to trust you, and they need to feel comfortable referring your services to friends and family. In many ways, medicine is no different—it’s all about the relationships you build with your patients and your team. My background in finance, and in working in a management team, has strengthened my practice of medicine because I know how to build those relationships."

On Caring

"The main thing, across both careers, is being genuine and showing that you really care. In finance and real estate, I was looking out for my clients’ greater good. Though that can hurt you in the short term in finance, in the long run, it will help you. But that’s how I grew up—with the notion that you take care of others. This is exemplified in medicine, especially in the high risk patients we see."

On Maturity

"One of the biggest potential challenges to a first-year resident is if they’ve never had to work before, and all of a sudden they’re thrown into this type of work that is over the top in terms of demands and stress and not sleeping. I see a lot of people getting frustrated in residency because they haven’t had the structure of a real work environment, and they’ve never experienced that kind of accountability before. It’s important for people to realize that a nontraditional background is a huge benefit and asset for those getting into medicine. Those who have done other things or been in the workforce before have a huge leg up and, frankly, are looked upon more favorably than others because of the maturity they gained from that experience. If there’s one thing I can say to students who are graduating, it would be to figure out how to be mature before you get into residency; don’t let residency teach you how to be mature."

On Teamwork

"In today’s business world, it’s all about the team environment. And, sure, it’s definitely a buzzword, but the idea is important. Working in management, and having a team of 15 or 20 people report to me, has taught me how to delegate as a physician. What can I hand off to capable hands, and what do I need to take care of myself? Knowing how to answer those questions has helped me be a better team player."

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