Medical school, and to a greater extent, residency, is an emotional rollercoaster. Encouragements and criticisms are thrown at you constantly, sometimes within minutes of each other, and you never totally know where you stand. After several months of working long hours, these things can really start to get to you
“I love having call days with you because you’re so even keeled. You go with the flow even when we’re busy and you’re easy to get along with” - an attending
“You’re mean when you’re on nights.” -fellow intern, no explanation given
“I think your knowledge base is solid and you’re ahead of most of your peers” - several attendings
“You tested below average for your class on your in-service exam. Here’s some extra BS work for you to do in your ‘free time’ so you can be smart like them” - email from a different attending, paraphrased.