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Medical resident: What I do and how much I make

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my name is Jorge Torres I'm 32 years old a medical resident and I make fifty five thousand dollars a year part of the residency program at all of you UCLA and here I see patients both in the inpatient and outpatient setting and I'm still a training physician and so I work and collaborate with a supervising physician here and together we see patients and collaborate on the treatment plan so most medical residents in the inpatient setting work six days a week with one day off that's to facilitate patient care it's also to facilitate training since this is still a training process it's Puckle day in the inpatient setting is pretty busy you're pretty accountable you know overall for the patient care you're kind of a quarterback of the medical system you're really interacting with a lot of teams a lot of different nurses a lot of different other physicians and the patient's family themselves so in general there's usually not a ton of downtime or a restful time it's not like a typical job where you can take a ten minute break here or there usually your your hours are pretty pretty demanding the amount of annual income a resident makes is set by the federal government in every medical residency program when you're interviewing for that particular program they let you know of the salary that all of the residents in your cohort would make that salary for me here is around fifty five thousand dollars a year some cities may be a lot more expensive in terms of cost of living and so they try to adjust for that but in general that's pretty much the entry average for all medical residents in the United States so after medical residency you can be a licensed practicing physician and as a practicing licensed physician you can charge more money depending on what sort of services you're given usually in those years that's when more people are familiar with doctors making oh well well endowed income but medical residency can actually vary quite long can vary anywhere from three years to eight years and it can really very quite drastically for four different individuals training one of the more challenging things into medical as being a medical resident is definitely just the longevity of training it's a long time to be training the hours can be long the days can be long and just look at the overall emotional toll at times can be rather taxing and the best way to really try to overcome that or try to manage that is really to have a really strong support system you have to have really fun great colleagues after friends outside of work family significant other really lots of sorts of things that keep you grounded and really remind you know who you are and just things outside that exists in the hospital the most important thing without a doubt that I enjoy about my job is definitely interacting with my patients seeing my patients and being able to deliver care for them a lot of patients that I see are often and underinsured you know maybe haven't had a primary care physician in quite some time the hospital here is like a safety net hospital so we really see local patients we've seen patients who are from overseas so it really brings me a lot of gratification to work with these different types of families and really to know that we're providing them with excellent care
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