Intern year pearls from residents who made it through intern year

Congratulations to all of the new interns! 

You're a few weeks in now, but I figured you guys would still appreciate a little advice from current residents.


What personal or professional advice do you have for new interns starting in your field?

 Intern year pearls from residents who made it through intern year

  intern year pearls from residents who made it through intern year - Michelle Clermont - Gastroenterology fellow - PGY-4 - University of Pennsylvania - Internal Medicine residency - Emory University

"Try to be open to different fields within IM, even if you've heard others insulting a certain subspecialty. Immerse yourself in your continuity clinic and each rotation so that you can really make an informed decision before you apply for fellowship or a job."

Michelle Clermont, MD - career profile

PGY-4, Gastroenterology fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Residency: Internal medicine, Emory University

Intern year: Internal medicine, Emory University


 intern year pearls from residents who made it through intern year - Joyce Parks - Dermatology Resident - PGY-3 and blogger at teawithmd.com

"Don't get overwhelmed! Lots of new information everyday with every patient encounter and with each lecture. Know that you will learn it all slowly over the next 3+ years. Ask lots of people their method of study (which books, what handouts, what ppts, etc) and make a unique study strategy of your own. Make friends with the MA's and the nurses; they will make your lives easier. Make time to really relax outside of work!"

Joyce Parks, MD - career profile and blog: teawithmd.com

PGY-3, Dermatology, NYU

Intern year: Preliminary medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center


  intern year pearls from residents who made it through intern year - J - Pediatrics Resident - PGY -2 - Lurie Children's - Northwestern University

"Work on your global assessment of 'sick or not sick' --if you can identify sick, even if you have no idea what the diagnosis is, it'll get the right people involved who can help figure it out. and if a senior resident tries to send you home early, go home."

J, MD - career profile

PGY-2, Pediatrics, Lurie Children's (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)

Intern year: Pediatrics, Lurie Children's (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)


  intern year pearls from residents who made it through intern year - Erica - Dermatology Resident - PGY - 4 - University of Michigan

"Personal: keep doing your hobbies/things that you enjoy so that you do not get burned out Professional: try to learn something from every encounter with faculty and patients (learn from the good and the bad)"

Erica, MD - career profile

PGY-4, Dermatology, University of Michigan

intern year: Preliminary medicine at Brookwood Baptist Health Systems


"Take step 3 once you are settled in - don't put it off until pgy2 If you are moving between pgy1 and 2 budget for moving. Learn to be efficient on the floors"

Alex Maley, MD

PGY-4, Dermatology, Emory University

Intern year: transitional year at Aurora Health Care