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Having and Raising Children During Physician Training: Residency

  • Raeshell SweetingEmail author
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Abstract

Some realities of becoming a parent during residency don’t have ideal answers. One program director mentioned that as a parent, her desire to feel excitement for her residents is overshadowed by the real understanding that despite her efforts, this will be difficult. It is not possible as a program director to truly prepare a resident for the difficulties that lie ahead. Particularly for first-time mothers, there is just no way to truly anticipate the physical and emotional changes of motherhood, and the reality of the training environment is just not ideal. This is especially true when long, physically demanding call schedules are an unavoidable reality. Residency alone can push trainees to emotional limits, and motherhood does the same; the combination can be daunting. In summary, try your best to plan and work with your program but realize that many things will be out of your control.

Keywords

Mothers as physicians Motherhood during medical residency Medical residency and motherhood Children and physician mothers Residency and pregnancy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, Department of SurgeryVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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