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Top Ten Tips to Navigate the Bumpy Road of Residency

June 27, 2014
Kimberly Pflieger

1. If you arrive in the spring, be prepared to endure peacock mating calls day and night.
2. Be prepared to work harder than you ever have in three weeks. Do not plan extra curricular activities. School work is your priority.
3. Think of residency as an exhaustingly intense and exhilarating experience. You will leave residency a changed person.
4. Attend the meet and greet with instructors and students. This is a chance to talk with your instructors on a personal level and get to know your fellow students.
5. Participate fully in class. You do not learn by sitting at the back of the room looking out the window.
6. If you are driving, bring your own fridge, coffee maker, printer, and anything else you think you might want, because you probably will need it.
7. Pre-residency in first year is easy; pre-residency in second year is a lot of work. Keep in mind that after second year res you will have your degree in less than a year.
8. Exercise your body as well as your brain. Use the gym and the running and hiking trails – they are free to you as a student at RRU.
9. Get to know your cohort and make friends. These people will get you through the program.
10. Remember that although two years seems like an eternity in the beginning, in reality it is a small blip in the path we call life.