Medical school is such a unique experience. You make friends—friends with other medical students and even residents. Some of my closest friends are actually resident physicians. One thing I wasn’t prepared for during this transition was losing my resident physician friends to fellowship training.
Obviously, I couldn’t be more excited for them and this new opportunity; however, the pandemic amplifies just how much I’m going to miss them. It’s not as easy to travel as it once was. I, myself, will have limited time to travel due to the nature of intern year.
Friendships, like medical school, are also unique; they are a unique form of relationship. Think about it; we choose to enter and maintain these connections beyond any true obligation. It’s human nature to connect with others. Social connections are vital to one’s mental and emotional health.
It’s nice having people to talk to who are experiencing a similar, lifelong journey of learning. There’s a sense of comfort there once you make a friend you trust. I will miss seeing my friends after a long day of work or spending time together cooking in the kitchen or shopping together.
Change is hard, and for some, it is harder than others. I am one of those people. I invest in those around me, and I tend to be more sensitive and emotional. I always say I’m the worst at saying goodbye.
Don’t take for granted the time you have with people you care about. But also remember, it’s not a goodbye, just a see you later! Remember that feeling of sadness in response to change or missing someone is completely normal to feel. But it won’t last forever!
Remember to stay in touch. Send your well-wishes, and work to maintain your friendship. Lifelong friendships are worth maintaining. Stay in touch with those you love and trust!
To my dear friends who have moved off to fellowship, I am going to miss you so very much! I am so beyond excited for you and what you will continue to accomplish! This is an amazing new chapter to embark on, and your patients are so lucky to have you!
Best wishes from your newly minted intern friend,