I have not yet done 3rd year rotations, thus this perhaps dumb question. I am wondering if we really need 3-5 years of residency training to function as physicians. Perhaps more pertinent question is this: is it really necessary to make residencies so grueling? It would be nice to hear from the experienced residents and attendings. Am I wrong to think that our training is unnecessarily difficult to the point of being inhumane? Or are they all necessary part of being an efficient doctor? Your honest answers would make me feel better and better informed as I prepare to take the next step in this long training path for the rapidly diminishing reward. Thank you.