When you’re never off call: returning to residency as a new parent

By Dr. Richelle Schindler Residents are steeped in grueling hours, being awake at any time of day, sleeping anywhere at any opportunity and giving a little bit extra even when we thought there was nothing left to give. We nurture and grow and learn alongside our patients and share deeply in these journeys that are not just our own. Essentially, the things that make us great residents also set us up to be great parents. And if parenting is in your plan, why would you not want to start during residency? For many physicians, residency is the only time in Read More …

Remember who you were when you were not a resident

By Dr. Marya Hussain The first year of residency can easily become all-consuming and demanding of all your time, emotions, energy and efforts. Somewhere in between the expectations of being a good resident, a safe clinician, a lifelong learner and many other roles, I found myself forgetting who I was outside of being a ‘resident’. My life was compartmentalised into scheduled ‘blocks’. Happiness and sadness became associated with successes and failures in my resident role. Time on vacation was time to catch up with emails, research, academic meetings. I found myself having little emotional and physical energy to give to Read More …

Resiliency through Growth

By Dr. Jordan Gibson July 1, 2019… This date marked the end of my first year of residency. Coincidentally, block one of PGY-2 had me spending much of my time rounding on the same ward I began my residency on just a year ago. I subsequently began to reflect on the last year and my thoughts raced as I recalled all of the new first experiences: Entering my first order Learning how to use a new EMR Experiencing imposter-syndrome while introducing myself as “doctor” for the first time Doing in-house call alone and being too anxious to get any real Read More …

When Doctors Fear Doctors

By Dr. Veronique Ram I recently had a meet and greet with my new family doctor in Lethbridge. It had been a long time since I met with a doctor for the first time who would be treating me as a patient, other than my OB nearly five years ago. I sat there 15 minutes before my appointment, feeling my heart race and my palms get sweaty. I was nervous and anxious. What if she didn’t like me? What if she thought I was an annoying waste of time? I sat there and imagined numerous meet and greet scenarios in Read More …

Resident Physicians – We are Human

By Dr. Suhair Bandeali “It’s a culture that implies you should strive to be perfect even though you’re human – one that encourages you to run from your feelings even though you can’t hide from them”. – Brian Goldman address to University of Toronto graduating medical school class of 2014 A profession that exists for the sole purpose to improve the human condition and alleviate suffering, inside it is a culture of just that: suffering. We expect constant perfection, achievement, and “resilience”, but what about our compassion for each other through long hours and criticism, our understanding that we are Read More …