How to Maintain Balance During Residency?

The 3 years you spend during your surgical residency are some of the most important years of your training.  You may be able to recite McGlamrys from all of your studying in school, but now you get to apply everything you been taught. Residency, no matter the specialty, can be taxing, both physically and mentally.  Being on call, never truly falling into that deep sleep, just waiting for your pager to buzz at 2 AM can take a toll.  Early mornings rounding, late nights in the ER, being on call over holidays, can place stress on you and your relationships faster than you think!  Taking time for you is important to help balance a least a portion of the craziness.