A stage of graduate medical training after medical school. Physicians in this stage (known as residents) practice medicine in a hospital or clinic under the supervision of an attending physician. During residency, physicians choose a field in which to specialize. Paul completes his neurosurgery residency at Stanford, which spans seven years.
Residency Quotes in When Breath Becomes Air
The When Breath Becomes Air quotes below are all either spoken by Residency or refer to Residency. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of When Breath Becomes Air published in 2017.).
Part 1 Quotes
If boredom is, as Heidegger argued, the awareness of time passing, then surgery felt like the opposite: the intense focus made the arms of the clock seem arbitrarily placed.
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Part 2 Quotes
My life had been building potential, potential that would now go unrealized.
Residency Term Timeline in When Breath Becomes Air
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Part 1: In Perfect Health I Begin
...marry just after they finish medical school, and then head to California to begin their residencies: Paul at Stanford; Lucy at UCSF. Paul’s first year of residency is concerned mostly with... (full context)
Part 2: Cease Not till Death
...affect Paul’s sperm. The two had planned on having kids at the end of Paul’s residency, but the uncertainty of Paul’s future also creates uncertainty about whether they should have children. (full context)