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Lives of Doctor Wives: Residency Switcheroo

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Residency Switcheroo

So Dr. C comes home after his first day in his radiology residency and says "couldn't decide which to do: a) hit car into tree and die, b) tell you that I made a huge mistake and do not want to be a radiologist.

So, now what? We bought a house, moved the family across the country - Melisa, any of this sounding familiar?

Wouldn't it be nice if he could just switch into a program here? We'll just have to see I guess...

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Blogger Melisa said...

All too familiar... Am I twitching? ;o)

I hope he can find something there he likes!

July 21, 2009 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

Oh, yikes. I'm sorry...

Would it help to give it time? I know that's not a great answer, and of course we want our drh's to be happy - I'm just wondering since it was after the first day. We are still lowly MSIIs (ha ha) but I know my husband HATED both of his rotations this summer until about the 3rd day... He seriously nearly quit the surgery one (they were optional ECEs) on the first day, but I convinced him to go back, and he liked it in the end.

I hope it works out for you all... keep us posted.

July 22, 2009 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger Tasha said...

Wow, I'm sure you reacted much better than I would. Is there any possibility he could like it after getting used to it? So what is the next step? Is it possible to switch residencies now or do you have to wait a year?

July 22, 2009 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger Adriana said...

I have no idea how I respond. Hang in there.

July 22, 2009 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger TheFamousStacie said...

Well, it's day 22 and he still hates it as much as day one, so, unfortunately, I think he means it : (.

July 22, 2009 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, he hates Radiology?! My husband's program has several residents that have chosen radiology after they decided they didn't like their first choice of specialty. I'm sorry he's not happy. Maybe he'll like it later. The 1st years can't even take call until September in his program, and the first month is mainly observation. So maybe it's the same there. I hope it gets better!

July 22, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

Oh no - I have to commend you on the fact that you have not killed him or even mentioned a desire to do so... because I think that would be my first reaction...
Secondly, is he sure it is radiology (and not the program/hospital) he hates? Because I am pretty sure everyone hates residency (at least at some point).
Does he have any idea of what he would rather do?
The good/bad news (depending on how you look at it) is that you don't have to make any BIG decisions in the next month. I'm not even sure how it works would you just go through the whole match process again?
Oh I am so sorry, but everything happens for a reason and at least he is telling you this at year one and not on his final year! And Melisa is a perfect example of how things do manage to work out.
And for my personal question - did he do any sub-internships in Radiology? My husband is doing three aways and I told him that he can change his mind anytime NOW, but I will not be so understanding if he changes his mind next year! (I'm worried about the same thing happening).
Good luck and please keep us posted!

July 22, 2009 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Melisa said...

I don't know if I should be the poster-child for switching residencies as I obviously still have things I am trying to work out. But yes, I am very glad we switched after intern year and not after an extra couple of years because heaven knows a couple more years might just put me over the edge.

July 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
OpenID joz1234 said...

I have heard of residents here switching from one residency program to another. It is not too uncommon.

July 22, 2009 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Is there something specific he does not like about radiology? Does he have a plan B.? Just to let you know I haved times when I had to convince my hubby not to give on medicine all together.Best of luck.

July 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Cindi said...

My husband hated his radiology residency for a couple of months...so give it some time. Now he loves it and is so glad he chose it :)
Also, sometimes you just gotta switch..he has a guy new to radiology that did 3 years of a neurosurgery residency...THREE YEARS! Yikes.

July 22, 2009 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Just wait until he starts mole, then you'll both hate it!! I'm so glad that part is over! I think I would be more upset if he'd practiced for a number of years and then decided to change specialty. There's a bunch in our residency that have done that.

July 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Mommy, Esq. said...

A good friend of mine switched out of radiology after 2 years of training! She is about to finish residency now, and is very happy with her decision. With that being said, my brother almost switched residency midway through the first year. We all talked him back from the ledge, and he stuck with it. He is very happy now, loves his chosen specialty, and has already accepted a job for when residency finishes next summer.

July 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Kathi Browne said...

Better to find out now than after 3 yrs of residency. Does he dislike radiology, or is it bigger than that? It's not uncommon to change directions, so just be glad he doesn't want to go into surgery where residency is even longer! He may be realizing the time demand he's stepping into and doesn't like what he has to look forward to. He may also just be second-guessing himself. Talk through it with him and let him search himself through you. Talking through it can bring clarity.

July 23, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Best of luck to you both! I always wondered what would happen if my husband had decided he didn't like OB/Gyn. I guess I would have just supported him, and we'd get through it, though I would have been really upset, since we would have moved a whole state away from our families for nothing! Really, I do hope everything turns out okay for you.

July 23, 2009 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I will keep you guys in my prayers and hope that God will show you the direction your family needs to go in. Sometimes it's hard to realize something isn't turing out how you planned but God has a plan for you guys and I'm sure you will see what you need to do. Keep us posted.

July 27, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

In my husband's first year, he thought he made a mistake going into urology. He couldn't think of anything else he wanted to do so he stuck with it. 5 years later, he still has moments of "is this what I really want?" but then he has a good day and feels better about things. He has always been a little envious of those people who always knew what specialty they wanted to go into. He made his decision at the last minute. I think specializing in cancer has helped him feel better about the field he choose though.
His co-resident switched from urology to radiology in her second year. She thought it was the best decision she ever made. Another friend of ours switched from neurosurgery to anesthesiology and he is quite happy where is he now.
What is it that your husband doesn't like about radiology?

August 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM  
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