Last year at this time I had just arrived in the new city of my residency, after driving across the country to a house we had rented after viewing via FaceTime. Every night in the hotel on that drive I’d scoured the web for intern advice. My Google searches were for things like “how to be a good intern,” “tips for intern year” and “surviving residency.”
I assume you’ll do the same, so here’s a convenient round-up of posts on the subject, in no particular order. Please note YMMV and one should always take said tips with a grain (or fist sized rock) of salt. Many are written by specialists, rather than FM docs, and some won’t apply. Each residency has a different culture, and each attending’s personality will change your style of presenting, questioning and learning. You’ll see.
AMA Wire’s General Tips
- Budgeting in Residency: Sticker Shock
- How 1st year interns can establish trust with resident supervisors
- 3 tips for new med school grads facing old 24-hour shift
- How should residents respond to faculty bullying of med students?
- 6 points to keep in mind when seeking and securing mentors
KevinMD’s Slew of Intern Advice
- Welcome to the Medical Profession
- What makes a Good Doctor
- Sage Advice to New Medical Residents
- 10 Pieces of Advice to New Physicians
- Remember the Intern
- Don’t Dread Internship
- Tips for Students Becoming Interns
Medscape’s Old Tips
- The ‘July Effect’: Tips for New Interns
- My First Rotation as an Intern
- Code New: How to Survive Intern Year Happy
Meddit (Reddit’s section for Medical Professionals)
- Tips for a Successful Intern Year
- Getting Blood Off your Shoes and clothes
- Preparing for Intern Year
Other Sites with Varying Intern Advice
- The Cranquis Intern Post
- The American Resident Project’s Post on Things to Do Differently
- Skeptical Scalpel’s Hints for New Residents.
We’re working on our own posts about preparing for intern year, and we’ll let you know when they’re up. But be sure to bookmark this page, share the site with your fellow interns and let us know what questions are waking you up at night.