Half way through

As the new year arrives my fellow PGY-2 reminds me that there is only 545 days left till the end of residency. This seems like a long time but when you have been dreaming to become a doctor since you were the age of 7, it really is right around the corner. As the countdown continues & I begin to think about what type of life I would like after this residency I think I have come to the conclusion that I have no plans of obtaining a fellowship afterwards. It is not that I don’t have any interest in the other fields but that I just don’t want to continue NOT being a full fledged physician any longer. I think part of it is the financial considerations being that I can go to making 4-5x as much money after my last year of residency which is pretty tough to pass up but a lot has to do with the fact that I am just tired being in the training stage as a doctor. Whether it’s the administration from the  hospital or our graduate medical education office I am just about done with this whole process. I think it’s a natural maturation process because when I talk to other residents from different programs & fields they hark the same thing.

Just last month I was reminded by a patient’s family member this fact when she refused to speak to me or any “training” doctor, even though I was the only one taking care of their family member that mattered. Imagine after spending countless hours studying as an undergrad & medical student to get to this point only to hear an ungrateful family member tell you this. And of course these run ins are few & far between but when I do find them I tell myself that it is almost over. As I am going into the new year I only hope to continue to strive to be the best physician I can be. Over the next year I will be doing less medicine rotations & more specialty rotations so who knows maybe next year I will be posting about my acceptance into a fellowship somewhere & this rant will be an after thought.

Happy New Years!!!


  1. A delightful blog written by an enthusiastic and earnest youngster, who just cant wait to make his mark in his field. People like you, ultimately stand out and ultimately excel.

    As far as those ungrateful patients are concerned, let me tell you, you will find loads of them in your career. But you will also encounter beautiful stories of gratitude and love from lots of your patients, some of whom might end up becoming your friends.

    But all the while, just remember, at present you are perfecting your skills, which is important, enjoy it and make the most of it!

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