A place for residents to emerge from the dark.

  • What is Rethinking Residency?

    Rethinking Residency is a place for residents, current, former, prospective and their families, to emerge from the darkness that is residency training and come together to share their stories and insights.

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    About Rethinking Residency
  • Overcoming Addiction In Residency & Fellowship

    Overcoming Addiction In Residency & Fellowship

    Dr. McKeown tells her story of battling, and overcoming, addiction in both residency and fellowship. She tells her story so that others struggling with addiction or substance abuse can know that they are not alone.

  • How I Switched Residency Programs & Specialties

    How I Switched Residency Programs & Specialties

    The Nitty-Gritty – how I switched career paths two-thirds of the way through a residency program and the questions I asked myself as I contemplated doing a second residency.

  • Potential Pitfalls of Social Support for Physicians

    Potential Pitfalls of Social Support for Physicians

    Research has consistently shown that social support helps buffer us against stressors, but there are times when we may be getting suboptimal social support that can actually make us feel worse. 

  • Coping with the Death of a Patient

    Coping with the Death of a Patient

    Have you ever struggled with your emotional reactions after losing a patient? There are rituals and practices frequently associated with loss of a loved one that may be absent in the case of loss of a patient.

  • Stop Giving Luck The Credit

    Stop Giving Luck The Credit

    We do learners a disservice when we frame our success with luck. Stories that credit happenstance rather than our own doing teach that circumstances have more control over our success than we do.

  • Did We Win? Finding Your Purpose

    Did We Win? Finding Your Purpose

    Why do you do what you do? Work is not something that happens in a box over on the side while the rest of your life waits patiently for your attention.

  • The Hidden Curriculum: Non-Negotiables

    The Hidden Curriculum: Non-Negotiables

    What we as teachers can do is take an interest in the non-negotiable of trainees and help them understand how we, ourselves, integrate our non-negotiables into the demands of life.

  • Boundary Setting as a Physician

    Boundary Setting as a Physician

    Healthy boundaries are flexible boundaries. They are not so infinitely malleable that they end up meaningless, but they are also not so rigid that they don’t allow for situational variation.

The Premise

Now Is The Time To Rethink Residency!

Developed over 125 years ago in the US, modern residency training remains largely unchanged from its infancy. This site may not be able to spark a revolution, but helping even one resident is enough to justify the effort.

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