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Student JAMA
February 4, 2004

Physician Health and Lifestyle

JAMA. 2004;291(5):632. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.632-b

I never realized all the expectations I have to live up to. Being a doctor takes up your whole life. I used to really like the idea that my identity was "doctor." Now I realize how the day-to-day things really wear you down . . . I'm talking about the doc who is supposed to love all his patients, and read all the newest journals, and always be on call and be available to people who need him. I'm supposed to be special and understanding, even when alcoholic patients puke all over me.—First-year resident, Married to Their Careers: Career and Family Dilemmas in Doctors' Lives1