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140312EPA residentdoctorsMedical training was grueling during my residency nearly 20 years ago. After completing four years of medical school, new MDs routinely worked 110+ hours per week in their area of specialty, for anywhere from three to 13 years. It was not unusual to work stretches of 30-40 hours in a row without sleep. Three times after a work shift of 35 or more hours, I fell asleep at the wheel on my way home from the hospital and rear-ended someone. (Thankfully, nobody was ever hurt.)

When working, the combination of adrenaline and caffeine kept me sharp, and I never felt that my care of sick kids was ever less than the best I could give. In every situation during residency, I was working in a team of physicians at many levels of training, and we constantly provided checks on each other’s thinking. Medical students with years less experience than myself, other residents of roughly my training level and fellows and very senior attending-level doctors with decades of experience worked together on every child’s case.

The goal of the residency years was to teach me everything I would need to be a safe, effective and knowledgeable pediatrician able to function independently at the end of my training. It was an incredible experience, and I would have changed none of it (except for those three fender-bender moments).