Well-Being During Residency

As my colleagues and I are about to embark on the next chapter of our lives, residency, I cannot stop and wonder “Will I be happy during the next three years?” I imagine that the answer is that sometimes yes and sometimes no. I tried selecting a residency program that seemed to promise most fulfillment for me, but even so one can never be sure. Thus a study that explored if there are any predictors for residency well-being prior to starting residency peaked my interest. A study from the University of Calgary in Canada surveyed 706 residents in regards to their well-being. They Used the WHO-Five Well-Being Index, personal and work related subscales of the Coopenhagen Burnout Inventory, questions on work dissatisfaction as well as sleep and nutrition management needs while on call. Results showed that 53% of residents had scores corresponding to poor mental well-being. Women were more likely to have poorer well-being then men. The only predictors of well-being overall turned out to be personal burnout and work dissatisfaction. This highlights again the importance of being satisfied in one’s personal life and satisfied the field you went into.


liya Kassam, Joan Horton, Ilya Shoimer, and Scott Patten (2015) Predictors of Well-Being in Resident Physicians: A Descriptive and Psychometric Study. Journal of Graduate Medical Education: March 2015, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 70-74.


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