The Millennium Generation or Generation Y (approx. 1980 – 2000) are just entering our graduate schools, medical schools and residencies and they are making an impact. According to experts, we can expect a different set of values and expectations from this group of young people and potential conflict with older “baby booming” authority figures.
Some of the common characteristics of the Millennium Generation noted by observers are:
- Tech savvy – They grew up with computers and relate to the world through technology. This characteristic can also lead to the tendency to be impatient and expect instant gratification
- Image driven, sometimes called “trophy children”. They grew up being told they were “special”. This belief can sometimes lead to a false sense of entitlement.
- Value personal time and time for family, they believe they should be able to “have it all”
- Efficient multi-taskers (see tech savvy)
- Adaptable. Some attribute this to their early entry into “day care”, “early team sports” and doting parents who included children in all types of activities and travel. Whatever the reason, the Generation “Y”ers believe they can “get it done”
Do we change the system to adapt to this new generation? Or should we change at all?
What kind of educational systems will appeal to the best and brightest of this generation?
Have any of you thought this through?
Have you noted any differences in the last few classes that have entered your graduate schools, medical schools or residency programs? Or is this all "psycho-babble"?
Do you have any advice for the rest of us? We would love to hear what you think!