5 Things I Never Learned in Med School

Krishna B. Patel, MD


August 22, 2016

5. How to Leave Work Behind

Last but not least, remember to maintain a separation between residency and the other aspects of your life. This does not mean that there can be no overlap between the two; in fact, there will be overlap—it's okay to hang out with your friends from residency during the weekend! What I mean by this is that it is very easy to become so enveloped by work that you allow your role as a resident to permeate every part of your life. It's important for your own sanity to make time for your hobbies and do the things that you enjoy. Just because you are a resident doesn't mean that family, friends, and other things that are important to you need to be forgotten.

It is also important to develop the skills needed to cope with challenging and emotional situations (such as stress, mistreatment by staff, the death of a patient you had gotten close to) so that you are able to deal appropriately. You cannot control everything, and some things need to be let go.

The transition from medical school to residency can be tough, but it is definitely rewarding. It is the culmination of everything that you learned in medical school being put into practice. Hopefully, these five lessons I wish I had learned will help you succeed during your residency.


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