Dating a first year resident
Dating a first year resident - validating form field
They tend to happen later in the academic year, during the winter months, when interns have shed their fear and become more confident.They tire of asking for help, not wanting to appear "weak" in the eyes of their seniors.
They've been talked at for hours upon hours about residency and hospital policies, the importance of remembering to sleep, and how not to accidentally stick themselves with needles.
I also want to remind them that judgement errors can happen to any of us.
In a slightly different vein, I share an experience from my own intern year with my trainees in the hope that it illustrates the highs and lows of what it means to be a medical intern.
In my view, we provide greater supervision to our interns and residents in July and August, when the days are long, spirits are high, and the trainees are hungry to learn and hear feedback from the faculty.
In fact, we double up on the number of senior residents (second and third year trainees) supervising our care teams on the wards.
As in all relationships, there have been rough spots. I keep saying to myself, Just wait until you're through with medical school.
Understandably, in the relationship, it's hard when you are not the one in medical school -- when you are not priority #1.
They are eager to get to work, to become Is it true that July is the worst time to be a patient in a hospital?
You can find evidence on either side of the argument. A recent piece in The New York Times by nurse Theresa Brown generated a lot of pushback when she opined that new doctors make more mistakes.) There is certainly merit to the question.
My supervising resident and the patient's nurse gave me a strange look, with big eyes and a smile I mistrusted, telling me that "disimpacting" was the intern's job.
I was scared to admit that I didn't know what disimpacting was, but their looks told me it wasn't pleasant.
Her MS had made her intestines barely able to move food and the resultant waste products along their course.