Misconceptions about resident physicians

In an opinion piece for the Huffington Post, Boluwaji Ogunyemi, M.D., a resident specializing in dermatology at the University of British Columbia, writes about the crucial role resident doctors play in the healthcare system but how the general public often has misconceptions about that role. Residents are medical doctors and their residency is akin to an apprenticeship, with training time taking longer than most people think, he says. Residency programs have also changed over time. "Recent decades have seen the expansion of sites in which resident doctors can train, an increased emphasis being placed on resident wellness, and more opportunities for global health training," he writes. Commentary