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Medical residents' 10 rules for survival (FMRQ)


1. Eat when you can. Sleep when you can.

2. Identify a resident colleague you have confidence in, with more seniority than you, to guide you through the twists and turns of the first few months of residency.

3. Make sure you have a life outside residency.

4. Don't forget you're a human being first and a doctor second.

5. Plan some leave after your first three months of residency. You'll need it. And after the leave, immediately plan the next one.

6. Don't make any important decisions on a post-call day. And watch out for compulsive buying.

7. Have the impression you're working really hard but no one realizes? Don't wait for someone else to do it, give yourself a pat on the back.

8. Be a team player. Support your colleagues, and they'll support you.

9. Don't feel responsible for things that are beyond your control. You're not responsible for the shortage of doctors.

10. Remind yourself that residency is a temporary phase in your life. Enjoy it to the fullest!