Ten Tips for Dating During Medical Training

how to make dating a little simpler when you work 80 hours per week

As a single resident, I’ve made every dating mistake in the book. Let me save you some trouble! Here are ten tips I’ve learned about dating during med school and residency.

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"I already thought it was what I wanted: to be loved and admired. Now I think perhaps I'd like to be known." Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

Waste Time Properly

“You should take a holiday. Leave the books aside for a time. If we do not run away occasionally, we will never be at home.” “Hey, that’s deep!” “If we do not waste time properly, nothing will be accomplished.” Island of the World, Michael D. O’Brien

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Let’s Visit a Friend!

Guest blog post today!

How did I become a surgeon? The answer is in my guest post on #LifeofaMedStudent! Check it out and let me know what you think. For more great content and information for medical trainees of all stages, follow my friend and host on Twitter: @LifeofMedstudnt

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"And your desire for exultation is really a damaged longing for the transcendent." Island of the World, Michael D. O'Brien

When It Hurts

how giving bad news affects a physician

The phone weighed heavy in my hand as I punched the numbers in one by one. Two rings, then three — I started planning the discreet voicemail asking you to call me back so I could say words we’d both wish unspoken.

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Not a Routine Procedure

for your patient or their family

A week ago Thursday, my mom texted me between my cases. We chatted for a bit about the family and then she told me that she was at urgent care. My baby brother, 9-year-old M, had just started football practice on Monday and came home with a headache and nausea. On Wednesday, he spent most of the night vomiting. On Thursday, he felt worse, and said his stomach hurt,…

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"Wild nights are my glory...I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course...Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract." A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle

Burnout and I

6 ways to reduce burnout in residency

Based on the stream of articles and essays, many of us experience burnout at some point. In my personal experience, burnout gradually deranged my emotions and wreaked havoc on my mental clarity throughout residency. Over the first three years of residency, my empathy waned. Residency became what I told myself it could never be: brutal work instead of a calling. 

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