"All residents and fellows are starting with a deficit from a long and grueling training. They have had the desire to take care of themselves drilled out of them. Training to be a doctor overrides one's basic self-care needs, and medical trainees suffer from constant sleep deprivation. Finishing medical training is like coming out of a cult in terms of self-deprivation," said Ahnna Lake, MD, from Stowe, Vermont, who counsels individual physicians and speaks to professional organizations on work-life issues, stress, burnout and depletion, and health recovery
Think about what you can do to change things, and adapt. Exercise, do a sport, read, take a break, anything positive to release that stress. Medical training is like living in a foxhole in a war: you don't stop getting bombarded with problems."
"After medical school, in order to be eligible to take the licensing exams, I had to do a year of unpaid internship. It was a rude awakening. Medical training is like the army. I started as the lowest of the low (scut puppies as we were called, expected to do all menial medical tasks no one else wanted to do). The year went fast."
"It has been said that if medical training is like military service, then surgical residency is Marine Corps boot camp... Torturous on-call schedules often demand exceedingly long work hours almost unimaginable in any other profession, 100-hour work weeks being the norm for a surgery resident. Compounding the problem are the very high stress levels intrinsic to the job, the burdens shouldered by the resident's family in his frequent absence and the enormous educational debt under which the large majority of trainees labour."
"In some ways, a medical training is like a disease. It would be years before I would fully recover from mine."
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