Insider Tips for Navigating Residency and Relocation


Embarking on a residency program is a pivotal milestone in every medical graduate’s journey. It’s a time filled with learning opportunities, growth, and, often, relocation to a new city. To help ease this transition, we’ve gathered invaluable advice from resident doctors who’ve been there, done that. We’ve also put together a Countdown to Moving Day Quick Checklist for resident physicians to help you keep things in order. 


Tip #1: Start Early

   “When it comes to relocation, the earlier, the better! Start scouting for housing options as soon as you know where you’ll be heading for residency. Trust me; finding the perfect place takes time.” – Dr. Sarah, Internal Medicine Resident


Tip #2: Tap into Your Network

   “Don’t be shy about reaching out to current residents or alumni from your program. They can offer insider tips on everything from neighborhoods to local hangouts. Plus, going into a new place knowing someone makes a big difference.” – Dr. Michael, Surgical Resident


Tip #3: Budget Wisely

  “Moving for residency can be expensive, so budget wisely. Factor in expenses like rent, utilities, transportation, and groceries when planning your finances. And don’t forget to set aside some cash for the unexpected expenditures and emergencies.” – Dr. Emily, Pediatrics Resident

Tip #4: Embrace the Unknown

   “Relocating to a new place can be daunting, but it’s also an incredible opportunity for growth and adventure. Embrace the unknown, step out of your comfort zone, and go discover new things.” – Dr. Jason, Emergency Medicine Resident

Tip #5: Prioritize Self-Care

   “Residency is demanding, but it’s so important to prioritize self-care from day one. Do things for yourself like hitting the gym, practicing mindfulness, or picking up a hobby. Trust me, it’ll help you stay sane amidst the chaos.” – Dr. Sophia, Psychiatry Resident

Tip #6: Stay Flexible

  “Residency is full of surprises, so it’s essential to stay flexible and adaptable. Be open to new experiences, embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.” – Dr. Alex, Anesthesiology Resident


Tip #7: Explore Your Surroundings

   “Don’t spend all your time cooped up in the hospital! Take advantage of your days off and do stuff. Check out local landmarks, try new restaurants, or go see live music and shows, get out there and make the most of your time outside of work.” – Dr. Rachel, Family Medicine Resident

Tip #8: Connect with Colleagues

   “Your fellow residents are your built-in support system during residency, so offer them your support when they need it and lean on them for support when you need it. Whether it’s collaborating on patient care, studying for exams, or you just need to vent about a tough day, your colleagues are the ones that will understand.” – Dr. Daniel, Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident


Relocating for residency may come with its challenges, but it’s also an incredible opportunity for personal and professional growth. By following these tips from resident doctors who’ve navigated the journey before you, you’ll be well-equipped to thrive in your new city and make the most of your residency experience. Don’t forget to download our Countdown to Moving Day Quick Checklist with important things you need to remember—from researching locations to saying goodbye—during the moving process. 


And, as a part of the Curbside educational series, we invite you to join us for a webinar on Preparing for Match Day along with two of our expert partners.

🏠 Topic: Preparing for Match Day

📅 Date: March 6, 2024

⏰ Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time

📍Venue: Virtual (Zoom link provided post-registration)


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This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as financial or real estate advice. Consult with a professional advisor before making any significant financial decisions.