Category - PGY-1

Posts during the intern year of intermal medicine residency.

Connecting with Patients

Gray, wrinkled shirt damp with sweat and a LCD screen pulsing with the green glow of vitals. One of them, his heart rate, blinking fast enough to think he had just come back from a light jog–except he hadn’t. Nope. This man was lounging in his bed looking at me stare at his IV line...

Types of Doctors I Feel Like

Intern year is full of ups and downs; most news docs going through the grind will tell you the same. Some days I’m flying sky high and others I’m getting back to the drawing board to work on fundamentals like Charles Barkley in Space Jam. No matter what I do I always try to exude an air...

Night Float Month

Hi readers. I haven’t written since way back in July! No surprise there, was expecting to be a lot busier with the start of residency. I finished my first night float month in September and was in the middle of writing this piece. I decided to have some fun with it and talk about a few...

Remember Who You Are

I never thought intern year would be this hard. Scratch that– I did. I knew I wouldn’t know as much as I liked and that I wouldn’t have as much time as I used to. I knew I’d miss home and the people I left behind. Still, it doesn’t make the pressure of trying to...

The First Week of Residency, The Weight of...

If the hospital could be thought of as a giant wooden clock, then I the intern am the pendulum. Swinging between the raw excitement of finally wearing a long coat one minute–and the frightening realization of my quickly growing role the next. In the hallways when I walk in front of the...