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Dr. D’s Residency Survival Guide

New Yorker,4/28/14, cartoon caption contest winnerDedicated to Cousin Sammy— Excuse me, Doctor Sam— and the rest of you fresh-faced med-school grads staring down the dark gun-barrel of residency training. This too shall pass. 

Thank you for dedicating your lives to the health of others.  Don’t forget to take care of your own!  It’s good work: necessary, essential, and challenging. Without you, we’re screwed.  




Dr. D’s Residency Survival Guide

 Keep in white-coat pocket. Consult p.r.n.

Never miss an opportunity to:

  • eat
  • drink water
  • answer Nature’s call
  • sleep 
  • laugh

Never believe:

  • “This will only take a minute.”
  • “This is an easy one.”

Never make your senior resident/attending look bad.

Be warned:

  • The longer you stay, the longer you stay.
  • If you ask a question, the attending will say, “Why don’t you look that up and tell us about it at rounds tomorrow.”
  • Better an irritated higher-up than a dead patient.

Help out. Those who return the favor, keep close.

Be friendly and courteous to everyone. Allies hide in full view.

Trust your gut.

When in doubt, take your own pulse. 


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Reader Comments (2)

Best advice ever, applies in everyone's circumstance, fail-proof. However, nothing beats a great cup of coffee and a fresh donut..


May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Sammy would be well served...
Big thanks again to all those who situate themselves
Squarely at our sides when we're ailing, flailing, derailing --
standing by with a salve, a smile or a swift kick...
First class folks!

June 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

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