I’m still in residency, despite the lingering imposter syndrome. This past year I’ve been sure to keep up with emails from people that find this site, but I’ve neglected the posts. Figured I drop in a quick update and remind everyone that you can email me at any time.
Residency is full of surprises, some rotations are better than hours (whether it’s the service, the hours, or the people). There were times when I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through the week. Sometimes I needed to call for a ride home, sometimes I had to cancel plans, and sometimes I needed a few coffees to keep me going. The other day I was hitting the unlock button on my car keys trying to get my apartment door to open (that was a new one!). Despite all of that, I enjoyed it. I felt more of a sense of satisfaction that I mattered and was making a difference for patients. I could see myself improving drastically in a short amount of time and can’t believe how much I learned. I forged close bonds with my colleagues through the long days and nights and found mentors that inspired me to take on extra projects or read more about things that I didn’t necessarily find interesting before. Plus, Step 3 was my only test for the year 🙂
So for all of you at different stages in the process, keep up the good work! I believe in you. So many before you have gotten through it all despite life’s curveballs and obstacles.
Take some time to give yourself some self love and compassion. There are only so many hours in the day, and we spend most of them taking care of others. Never forget to take care of yourself first.
Send me emails with questions or asking for encouragement.