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.Continue reading →