Friday, 10 July 2015

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The Quarrels of an intern -- now the quarrels of a resident.

After my intern year I can tell you, it's been an amazing learning journey. Was it difficult?, you might ask, and the answer would be yes. It was a tough journey, and don't mind me saying: it should be. Following orders, a resident hovering over your shoulder, making sure you don't kill your patients; it makes a whole lot of sense to be directed, oriented, to save lives.

If your internship year is too easy, you might need to reconsider the program you're in. The struggle is necessary, your faculty members and residents should challenge you every step of the way, make you think on the differential diagnosis, and challenge your knowledge basis every day.

Why? Because once your a Resident you're basically free to roam the world with a diminished amount of supervision and, if you didn't learn the basics, you're in for some trouble.

The basics: stop and think twice! Will the medication you just prescribed kill the patient? Does he need the CT scan?

Oh, but it's just Furosemide, just 20 mg, intravenously, doc. Oh? Will he develop a serious complication? What are the indications for such medication? You need to think about these things -- every day. So if you're reading this and you're in your intern year, consider your suffering is not as bad as you thought it was.

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