It’s really crazy to think how much experience my senior residents and especially my attending have. Sometimes when we are standing around in the hallway and they are having conversations about what antibiotics to use for what bacteria and the mechanisms of why they should use this one and not that one, but what about this one, is just kinda wild when I take a step back. It’s all pretty standard stuff that you learn in med school (not that I am anywhere close to mastering it), but when I see them actually applying it to feed real people real pills or shoot a medication into someone’s vein, I am just in awe.
At the same time, I see how overworked they all are, and despite seeing deep down how lovely the medical team I’m work with is, I can also see the cracks in the armor. It’s sad because most of the time I see how much they love their work, but the burnout is pretty apparent sometimes. I like to think I’m a pretty resilient person, but I’m sure there have been people stronger than me who have been worked to the ends of their wits. I guess the only thing I can do is be cognizant of it and, when possible, incorporate wellness practices into my daily routines.