Whether you’re starting your first day of residency or another year of training, July is a time of transition. It’s the busiest time of year in medicine as we close one chapter and start another. I’m still in awe that this is the start of my PGY-3 year in psychiatry. Before I know it, I’ll be an attending psychiatrist. I’m halfway through my residency training. They weren’t kidding when they said time really flies. Let me tell you—it happens with a blink of an eye.
As I reflect on my last two years of training, I can’t help but think of how grateful I am for the journey. Lots of tears and smiles were experienced. I pushed myself in ways I didn’t know I was capable of, and the best part is that I succeeded and met every milestone I set for myself. There has been a lot of life that has happened and continues to happen. One thing is for sure—this is another new year and milestone worth celebrating on this journey through medicine.
For me, PGY-3 year will take some getting used to because I have officially transitioned from all inpatient psychiatric care to outpatient. With that, there are many nuances and administrative tasks. It’s not that it’s harder, it’s just different. I’m sure there will be quite the learning curve, but I hear once you get into the rhythm and find a sweet spot, it’s a pleasant experience. I will say the saddest part about being outpatient is not being able to see my friends. It will be more isolated as it will just be me, my patients, and my attendings. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I enjoy seeing my friends and acquaintances around the hospital. I’m excited about what’s to come, and we will find joy in every new chapter.
Happy July and good luck to you!
Thoughts from a psychiatry resident physician,
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