The last few months of my residency have been a strange time for me. Half-way out the door and half-way in, I find myself simultaneously saying hello and good-bye. This in itself is not unusual. There are many situations in life that arouse varying degrees of separation and stranger anxiety. Perhaps this time is unique because it marks, at least superficially, the end of a prolonged adolescence. Or, as a friend of mine who is also finishing his professional training wrote to me recently: "Good students that we have been, we face a sudden decline in the steady flow of encomiums so often thrown our way. Self-respect will come much more through self examination rather than through good grades or fine recommendations from professors."
Dorn, MD, Chief Editor, John Matt
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry: Vol. 3
, Article 2.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol3/iss2/2