Now that the celebration of Match Day is over, we wanted to share some survival tips from Hannah Pye as you start contemplating the next phase in your journey. We especially love Tip #4 and want to remind everyone that the AMA Alliance is a great place to start when looking for a supportive community! Find out about membership options and benefits–including print copies of Physician Family!
As much as you hear about residency from people who have experienced it, there’s nothing that can truly prepare you for the ins and outs of being married to a resident. Long days, weekend shifts, and overnight rotations are all part of the package. Throw in the extra program expectations like research, journal club, wellness events, and studying at home to keep up, and it feels like you will never see your spouse or partner again. Take heart! You will see them again. It will get better in three to seven years, when they are done with training. But what do we do to survive in the meantime?
I survived three years of residency with my spouse, and we are heading into another four years of residency this summer as he retrains into another specialty. Here are my top five tips for spouse survival during medical residency.
The Night Before Christmas (from a physician family point of view) By Amber Stueven ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Not a pager was beeping, “For once, a quiet house.” The children were snug, in their beds did they lay, While Daddy ran resuscitations in the trauma bay. Another holiday that we’d […] Continue reading →
AMA Foundation Establishes the Physician Disaster Recovery Fund Amid the devastation inflicted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are doctors who need to quickly rebuild their medical practices in order to continue serving their communities. As a result, the American Medical Association Foundation (AMAF) has created the Physician Disaster Recovery Fund. All contributions to the […] Continue reading →
Back to the Beginning by Sarah Epstein I remember sitting on the couch in our Miami apartment, looking out the window and thinking, there is so much I wish I had known. It was 2014, and my fiancé Brian was three years into medical school and I was between jobs. I was struggling. I started […] Continue reading →
Physician Burnout: Does it have another perspective in Africa? By Dr. Yohannes Mengistu (The drawings below have all been created by Dr. Mengistu.) Physician burnout, as it is one of the most burning issue in the health care area worldwide, is becoming a highly sensitive focus of much research and many studies. The recent Physician […] Continue reading →
Who Heals the Healers? New Issue of Physician Family Magazine Focuses on Stress and Burnout By Donna Baver Rovito Who heals the healers? There’s an epidemic afflicting America’s physicians – and the old adage “Physician, heal thyself” just won’t cut it this time. Physician stress and burnout are at an all-time high, with more than […] Continue reading →
The Making of a Medical Family By Emily Loeb June 30 is a date that those in the medical world know well; it’s the official end of the medical training calendar year. July 1 represents new beginnings: beginning of the academic year, an internship, a residency, or a fellowship. This year was our tenth and […] Continue reading →
Letter to a young doctor’s girlfriend By Megan Sharma I was recently inspired by Dr. Suzanne Koven’s Letter to a Young Female Physician, published in “The New England Journal of Medicine.” In her letter to herself as a young doctor, Dr. Koven describes the challenges she will face and the battle waging within her own mind: “I have wasted […] Continue reading →
Welcome to Resident Widowhood by Angelic Rodgers Video: Residency Training, Long Hours, and the Effects on Patient Outcomes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qJCzjyi-dE John Green, author of Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, also does great videos on YouTube and I was not surprised at all to find that he’s the executive producer of Healthcare Triage. I suspect […] Continue reading →
Pregnant Woman or On-Call Physician? 10 Signs You Live with One or the Other By Jasmine Almeida You go out for dinner and they order sparkling water instead of wine – leaving their poor dates to “drink for two. They’re always tired and live in a constant state of fatigue; basically collapsing at the end […] Continue reading →