There was a resident in my program who I will call Bob. Whenever you asked Bob for a favor, his immediate response was, "And what will you do for me?"
Bob was a good resident, honestly. He was diligent and responsible. But I found this attitude really annoying.
For example, one day I got four admissions and Bob only got one. I was asked to follow up on a consult I'd seen a week earlier, and I asked Bob if he could cover that for me, since I was completely swamped. Immediately: "And what will you do for me?"
I feel like there ought to be a camaraderie in residency. If you do a favor for someone, eventually they will end up doing a favor for you. It shouldn't have to be a direct one to one trade-off.
One day some orthotists came to adjust Bob's patient's neck brace. They needed a doctor to hold the guy's head. Bob wasn't on the floor and I wasn't that busy, so I told them not to bother him and I'd do it. I didn't even tell Bob I was doing it. I had the time to do it, so I did it.
I feel like that's the way it ought to be in residency.