Life after residency

by Christina on February 6, 2013

We recently had a seminar on “life after residency.” We were asked what we ultimately want in our job and career.

In the midst of residency demands, what I crave most right now is freedom and autonomy — to make my own schedule, to have a routine, to sleep each night in my bed, to have time for a yoga practice and involvement in a yoga community.

One of our exercises was to write down the 10 things we would want in our “Dream Job” if we could design it ourselves.

Here was my five-minute stream of consciousness list:

  1. Clinic time: ~2 days per week working with underserved population
  2. Research time: researching and writing on obesity, nutrition, community interventions
  3. Academic environment where people are learning, writing, reading, and questioning our current practices
  4. Inspirational and motivational colleagues
  5. Travel: both domestic and international conferences/projects/research
  6. Routine and (relatively) predictable schedule
  7. Income, loan pay-off, and retirement savings
  8. Piloting of new technology
  9. Office that is my own: uncluttered, big desk, bookshelf with important books, plant, window
  10.  Office environment that encourages creative and innovative projects

What’s on your list? 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Palmer February 7, 2013 at 4:08 am

I love that list!


Sara February 9, 2013 at 2:39 am

I love your list. I hear you on the longing to have an income and retirement savings. I hear you on a regular schedule that is your own…including building it around a regular practice session with others! That has been the worst thing about my healthcare education as well. I started before the early practice times and ended after the late ones had the cut-off time. Lonely practice days are ending…as soon as I feel a stable income enough to pay for shala time!


Christina February 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Hi Sara!

I know, I feel the same way about getting back to a shala – it IS lonely practicing at home all the time. I hope you get back to it soon!!! 🙂



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