Lessons from a Pediatric Residency Between
Expectations" Megan Weir Ph.D. When Dr. Meghan Weir first dons her scrubs and steps onto the floor of Children???s Hospital Boston as a newly minted resident, her head is packed with medical-school-textbook learning. She knows the ins and outs of the human body, has memorized the correct way to perform hundreds of complicated procedures, and can recite the symptoms of any number of diseases by rote. But none of that has truly prepared her for what she is about to experience. From the premature infants Dr. Weir is expected to care for on her very first day of residency to the frustrating teenagers who visit the ER at three in the morning for head colds, each day brings with it challenges and lessons. Dr. Weir learns that messiness, fear, and uncertainty live beneath the professional exterior of the doctor???s white coat. Yet, in addition to the hardships, the practice of medicine comes with enormous rewards of joy, camaraderie, and the triumph of healing.