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As I reflect on my residency experience, I am grateful for all my mentors. I think one thing that I did early on was clarify my own personal and professional goals. For example, I'm interested in infectious diseases, and sought out opportunities to becomes involved in research, QI projects, and hospital committees. It is important to clarify those for yourself so that you can seek out opportunities that are aligned with your core values and goals, and pass on those that may not necessarily advance your career in the direction you desire. As always, this process is iterative! Your personal and professional goals can change throughout residency!