In honor of Match Day...

Medscape physician experts weighed in with what they wish they had known going into residency. As Match Day approaches, what wisdom from your residency years would you impart on this year's graduating class? Tell us in the comments section here.

"When I started residency, I would have liked to know that the work-life balance is important in those years too. I know now that the goal is not the end of medical school, or the end of residency, or becoming a full attending or even retirement. Our goal should always be enjoying the ride, not waiting for the destination."

Hansa Bhargava, MD

"I wish I would have known how much I'd enjoy residency. You really are taking care of patients on the front line; when you look up information, it's actually for your patient's care, not to prep for a presentation or test. And you're not alone; I've made lifelong friends with fellow docs and staff. As you rotate month to month, look around—there are so many directions your career can go in. Remember that this is a career for the lifelong learner who is ready to meet challenges and adjust course as needed. Good luck and congratulations!"

Arefa M. Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH

"I worried about asking my attendings or senior residents frequent questions, thinking that they would consider me unknowledgeable. Now, after 17 years working as faculty with internal medicine residents, the physicians I trust the most are the ones who do ask many questions. This allows me to know that they are engaged and truly understand the important issues. The residents who don't ask questions are the ones I worry about. So, never be afraid to ask questions of those around you. You will learn something new, and your patients will benefit."

Harvey Hsu, MD

"The more useful question is: What would I have done differently after 10-15 years of practice? People cannot understand the ramifications of their decisions until 10-15 years later. This includes major decisions on both their subspecialty choice and, just as specific, the location where they land a practice and raise their family."

Roger F. Steinert, MD

"Take time for yourself. Read something fulfilling for a few minutes every day. Remember that frustration equals expectations divided by reality, and that it is not how hard you work but rather how much you actually get done. We need more professional love in the clinical setting—for our patients and for each other."

Mark E. Williams, MD

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