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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  • 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.

  • Dealing With Guilt As A Physician

    Dealing With Guilt As A Physician

    “Guilt is one of those emotions that feeds on itself. With every bite it gets a little heavier.” Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about coping with loss and about checking our social support to see if it is genuinely supportive. As we discussed, some of the steps to healing are both…

  • Gifts for Residency Graduation

    Gifts for Residency Graduation

    Graduating from residency is no small feat, and one that deserves the perfect gift.

  • Problem-Focused vs. Emotion-Focused Coping Strategies

    Problem-Focused vs. Emotion-Focused Coping Strategies

    To Solve or To Soothe? When we face a situation that causes us distress, we can try to reduce that distress by working to change the situation. We can also try to manage our emotions, or we can try a combination of both approaches. Emotion-focused coping centers on efforts to change our emotional responses to…

  • 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.

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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