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Inside Out of Residency Emotions

Dana Corriel, MD, writes about the emotion of a newly released movie, alongside the emotion of residents, and the newly announced conference SoMeDocs is hosting.

July 3, 2024

“This is so haaaard!” – an emotion so many of us have felt, and wanted to scream out loud, while in our residency.

Here’s what residency is, for those of you who don’t know. It’s the rigorous training period following medical school; a transformative experience that tests both the intellect and emotional resilience of physicians-in-training.

Beyond the clinical skills honed during this time, residents grapple with a myriad of emotions that profoundly influence their professional and personal lives.

Understanding these emotional dynamics is crucial not only for the well-being of residents but also for optimizing patient care outcomes.

 

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My son recently decided to watch the newly released blockbuster hit, Inside Out 2.

You may have heard of it, or seen the first iteration, as I did.

Though I admittedly did not join him and his buddies this time around, I knew what it was about.

Emotions. Heard of them?

We all have! They exist deep within us, and we regularly let out different ones, depending on what the occasion calls for.

 

Sometimes we choose to push an emotion back down.

We don’t want to show it, for whatever reason.

It’ll really fight its way up to the top, mind you. That’s nature after all, and it’s hard – really hard – to fight to keep it down, and hidden.

I call this concept “emotion-gravity”. No matter how hard you try to hold emotions back, they’ll often win.

 

"Emotions exist deep within us, and we regularly let out different ones, depending on what the occasion calls for."
Dana Corriel, MD
doctorsonsocialmedia.com

 

Residency was a difficult time for most of us. Heck, I’d even venture a guess on the actual percent (we’ll take anxiety as a measure) if it weren’t for studies.

Research indicates that anxiety levels among residents are notably high, with studies reporting prevalence rates ranging from 20% to 80%. Factors contributing to this include long work hours, sleep deprivation, and the weight of responsibility for patient care.

In fact, A study published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education highlighted that prolonged stress during residency can impact cognitive function and decision-making abilities.

So there are clearly long term effects.

 

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Now, I’m not here to claim that I can solve this.

Residency is demanding by nature, and each of us must go through it.

But we can get together to discuss how to make it through intact.

How to potentially make it better.

How to make more of us last.

 

Most of the my colleagues and I typically move on, once the residency period ends, and we become attendings.

We move on to other jobs, and tackle the other issues we face.

But wouldn’t it be if we could look back on those difficult days, and connect with those still in it?

Wouldn’t it be great to create a way for us all to get together – quickly, easily, and productively – to discuss?

 

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I have built an incredibly rich conference section, here at SoMeDocs, with virtual conferences that do just that!

No travel is required to attend these.

Time away from family isn’t required either. You can just sit in your family room – even with your family there with you! – and soak up all of our goodies!

We’ve already started bringing in speakers, and building up the event.

 

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With the residency conference on my mind, and the emotional volatility that comes with it, my fingers stopped scrolling the other day, as I was looking through X.

It so perfectly encapsulated the art of emotion. Even more, it displayed them in an incredibly insightful and clever diagram that I knew I had to share here, with you. Our SoMeDocs audience.

Here, enjoy it:

 

Inside Out of Residency Emotions
Inside Out of Residency Emotions

 

Better yet, give this article a share, so others can enjoy it too.

 

"I call this concept "emotion-gravity". No matter how hard you try to hold emotions back, they'll often win."
Dana Corriel, MD
doctorsonsocialmedia.com

 

In the meantime, we’re hoping to build conversations.

We’d like to see support systems and mentorship that will play a crucial role in mitigating the emotional distress that can come about from this experience.

We’re hoping that by creating this as a resource, we’ll underscore the importance of strong social support networks in reducing burnout and enhancing resilience among residents.

I don’t only invite you to become a member of our community, but to also register for this event, even before the lineup is ready.

Dana Corriel, MD

Dana Corriel, MD

“I haven’t LEFT medicine, I’m simply taking time to tackle its issues from a different angle. I’m stepping out of the traditional medicine box.”

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