Tips for preparing for internship

Residency Program Insider, April 10, 2015

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With medical school graduation just around the corner, AMA Wire compiled the following top tips for interns from current residents:
·         Remember to take care of yourself first. With all the stress and commotion of residency programs, it’s important to manage stress and maintain healthy eating and sleeping habits. Leave your work and its frustrations at the hospital.
·         Don’t be afraid to ask for help. As the old saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
·         It’s okay to be nervous. The first month will mark a drastic transition in your career, but remember that you are not alone. Things that once seemed scary will soon feel like second nature.
·         Be prepared to know your patients well as early as your first day. You’ll be the primary person taking care of your patients now, and being prepared will be the best foundation for being an excellent resident.
·         Get organized. Save key phone numbers (such as for your chief resident and new colleagues) in your phone. Organize a place to study, and try some trial commutes to determine how long it will take you to get to work in morning traffic.
·         Get to know your class during orientation. As new residents, almost everyone is in the same boat. Your residency mates can make a great support system and resource in the future.
·         Check with your program about when your first paycheck arrives. Because this timeframe varies a lot, and financially preparing for residency can be expensive, be sure to plan ahead.
Source: AMA Wire

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