It started with nightmares. I would wake up frightened, covered in sweat and searching my empty room for an intruder. It progressed. I started setting traps on my doors to see if anyone was coming into my apartment when I wasn’t there. I didn’t open my blinds often. And when I did, I ensured no one would be able to see inside. I meticulously planned movements outside my apartment — ...

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Nothing compares to the apprehension of starting residency. OK, that’s not true, but it’s really high up there on nerve-wracking firsts. I remember my first day as a resident. In a matter of a few hours, I went from being human furniture to being asked to make life-altering decisions. I was overwhelmed, to say the least. Here are some pieces of advice that I wish senior residents would have emphasized before I started this ...

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