I just finished my first clerkship on the wards in OB/GYN, and as I contemplate the next few years and my future career in medicine, I'm starting to realize the sacrifices I will need to make. Relationships -- I'll have to miss a good friend's wedding, because I can't take the time off the rotation (and I am discouraged to from the clerkship). If I can even pick up the phone when friends or family call, I am a worse listener and need to make it short and to the point. When my days are 4:30 AM - 7:30 PM, I'm not even interested in trying to engage with friends/family; I'm just trying to get a reasonable amount of sleep, and do a little reading to keep up. These are all "little" things, but I feel unavailable to the people in my life, and not maintaining/growing relationships. I feel somewhat alienated. I guess there is some light at the end of a LONG tunnel (i.e. after years of medical school, internship, residency, fellowship), but how much is sacrificed along the way? Anyone else feel/felt this way?