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?
"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."
PGY-4, Gastroenterology fellow, University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Internal medicine, Emory University
Intern year: Internal medicine, Emory University
"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!"
PGY-3, Dermatology, NYU
Intern year: Preliminary medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
"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."
PGY-2, Pediatrics, Lurie Children's (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Intern year: Pediatrics, Lurie Children's (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
"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)"
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