I think everyone needs a person in their medical training that they bond with and lean on during this difficult period.
Medical training has its ups and downs, the process is filled with highest highs and the lowest lows. There were moments that I loved training and there were moments where I hated training.
I was lucky enough to find a great person to share these experiences with.
We spent many hours discussing psychiatry, what excited us about the field and what worried us about the future. We discussed difficult cases and the drama of residency training. If I ever needed help or someone to cover a call shift last minute, I knew who I could count on.
I could trust this person to have my back and I would do the same no matter what.
I would encourage anyone who is going through this process to find someone who can help them grow as both a physician and a person.
It’s always comforting knowing we can all get by with a little help from our friends.