In my second year as an internal medicine resident, I became a bad person. While determined to keep learning and growing, I started to become perpetually angry, frustrated and anxious.
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APRIL 2017
Shelly Dev
UofTMed Alum: How Therapy Revealed the Ills of Residency
I think of my second year as an internal medicine resident as the year I became a bad person.

While determined to keep learning and growing, I started to become perpetually angry, frustrated and anxious. I discharged patients too early, and had to readmit them days later. And I’d loathe them for coming back — as if they were doing it to spite me, to prove I wasn’t smart or capable enough. I stopped asking questions and instead began cramming facts into my head, just so I could spontaneously say clever sounding things like, “…and you wouldn’t want to forget tularemia.”

I made it through on far too much dark humour — what we call “coping.”

It wasn’t until 10 years later that a psychiatrist made me realize just how unhealthy that was.

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Shelly Dev, MD ’01 PGME ’06, is a Faculty of Medicine graduate, a professor in U of T’s Department of Medicine and a critical care physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Hear more stories like these at our upcoming UofTMed Inside the Issue event June 7th and in the next issue of our award-winning UofTMed magazine.
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