Recognizing Residents Week, an annual observance in July, offers an opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and contributions of medical residents to the field of health care.
These dedicated individuals play a pivotal role in shaping the future of medicine through their rigorous training, tireless efforts and dedication to patient care.
Medical residents are physicians who have completed medical school and are undergoing specialized training in their chosen fields. During this period, they gain hands-on experience, working alongside attending physicians to develop the skills and knowledge required to provide high-quality health care.
Recognizing Residents Week serves as a reminder of the crucial role residents play in the health care system. Their training encompasses a wide range of specialties, including internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics and more. Residents are at the forefront of patient care, providing essential services in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.
This observance also underscores the significant sacrifices made by residents, who often work long hours and endure demanding schedules to ensure the well-being of their patients. Their dedication to learning, adapting and continually improving their skills is vital in providing optimal patient care.
Recognizing Residents Week is an opportunity for health care organizations and institutions to express gratitude to their resident physicians for their hard work and commitment. It is also a time for the community to appreciate the vital role these future health care professionals play in ensuring the delivery of quality health care.
Related AMA resources
- Watch the AMA town hall: Recognizing residents and fellows.
- Explore what the Resident & Fellow Section (RFS) has to offer.
- Watch this AMA Moving Medicine episode: Physical exam training: Improving residents clinical skills with Sanjay Desai, MD.
- AMA president recognizes work of residents in fight against COVID-19
- Learn more about AMA membership: 6 reasons to join the AMA.