Medical residency is always hard; now 38,000 trainees are starting during a pandemic

“Earlier this month, I — along with 38,000 or so other medical school graduates — officially began medical residency training here in the United States. … To prepare, I reached out to a few residency program directors and other national leaders in graduate medical education. All of them stressed the fact that, even during normal times, residency is tough. …  Now, as the Covid pandemic continues to unfold, it is more important than ever that we remember why we were drawn to medicine, [says UCI School of Medicine alumnus Dr. Mark Lieber].