It takes four years of hard work, long nights of studying, and countless hours of living and breathing medicine before a medical student can call themselves a doctor. However, the journey to earning a complete medical license is just the beginning; it’s then time for a “residency”.
A residency is a training program that lasts a minimum of three years. At this point, the young doctor begins caring for patients under the supervision of hospital staff. A residency is like an apprenticeship; doctors are learning on the job and take on the responsibilities of a medical professional.
Lightning round with Dr. Phil Vourtzoumis
- What’s your favourite thing about being a resident? Interacting with people.
- What’s your least favourite thing? All the paperwork.
- On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you to be a resident? I would say 11.
- What’s your favourite shift? I love the night shift. Particularly, when I’m on call for trauma. You never know what type of cases you’ll get.
- Favourite medical drama? The Knick. It’s about a surgeon from the early 1900s in New York City.
- Why are Drs. obsessed with Crocs? (Laughs) They’re comfortable and they help with our posture.
- Favourite medical gadget? My hands.
- What’s the best way to decompress after a long shift? Going back to my son.
Dr. Phil’s top 10 tips for surviving residency
- Try to find balance
- Always make time for family and friends
- Stay organized
- Always introduce yourself to people
- Respect your peers
- Make sure to find the snack drawer in the recovery room
- Try to keep a balanced diet
- Take time for yourself
- Stay up to date with the field you work in
- Don’t forget to call mom and dad