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Why You Should Look Forward to Residency

posted Nov 29, 2017, 12:28 PM by Explore More   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 12:28 PM ]
Working as a resident will likely be one of the most stressful times of your life. There’s a lot to learn in a short amount of time and lack of sleep is always an issue. Although you will meet a lot of challenges, you will also find it’s exciting to finally become a resident and now all you’ve learned in medical school is being put to good use.

Also, you are really making a difference in people’s lives. Patients will depend on you to help them through difficult health situations. You will be making major decisions that will affect many people, so you’re really helping people, which is why you became a resident.

Additionally, you’re finally a physician after four years of college and another four in medical school, so you’re finally on your way toward achieving your professional goal. Also, you’re getting paid for all your work.
In medical school, you might not have had rotations you were interested in. You had to do it because it was important to be exposed to many different situations. But in residency you’re less likely to feel that way because the rotations are more geared toward your interests.

As stressful as residency can be, you’ll likely to make great friends. Fellow residents and attending physicians will be people who you will work closely with for many years. They understand the challenges and rewards of becoming a physician, which allows for close friendships to form.

Many residency programs know that you need fun activities to attend. Many offer residents special events like Sunday brunches, mentor dinners, new intern picnics and residency retreats.

Another positive aspect of becoming a resident is you will learn to cherish any down time. You’ll probably never take for granted a lazy weekend afternoon where you can simply relax. But in the end, you will find that it’s worth it because it’s your life’s work.