To all the newly minted docs starting their internship in July, here are some tips based on some of my embarrassing moments during intern year 😁: 1. After being on call for 24hrs without sleep and doing nonstop patient admissions, I had to present an interesting case (aka \'morning report\') in front of all the internal med Attendings and med students. It was a cardiac case and I forgot to bring copies of the ekg (and my co-intern @thefemaledoc saved me by running flights of stairs to grab them for me in the middle of my presentation; I ❤ her), and when asked to read the ekg I made an error that an Attending made sure I felt like a total idiot for. I felt defeated, but continued seeing patients for 4 additional hours like a boss.
Tip: You might feel like an idiot many times, but there\'s NO WAY to know absolutely EVERYTHING. Don\'t get discouraged -- do the best you can and learn from each experience.
2. I nearly passed out while assisting during surgery. I tried to stay put as long as possible because I didn\'t want to risk getting yelled at, but when I was losing my balance I decided it was time to scrub out and get some air and water.
Tip: Even though you\'ll be so busy that you barely have time to pee, be sure to pause and take a breather. You can\'t do your job if you pass out.
3. While on call I had time to take a nap before morning rounds and when I woke up to meet with my team, they pointed out the prominent pillow marks all over one side of my face😳. Tip: Get as much sleep as you can. Prominent pillow marks mean you actually had time to get some rest.
I have more embarrassing moments, but moral of the story is that no matter what happens, you will be just fine, stay focused on the goal, and you WILL get through it ✊🏼. Love,
Vania #dearintern #doctorlife #physician #support #yougotthis