Although residency is still a few months away, I do wonder how I will be able to juggle the many responsibilities as a resident: actively learn the art of medicine, maintain and save patient lives without any patient safety events, and keeping up with the deluge of bureaucracy and paperwork. Everyone has told me to not read anything before in the hopes of “being prepared.” As upperclassmen have told me, intern year is like drinking from an explosive fire hydrant all over again, except now patient lives are at stake. That’s a whole lot to swallow! So, how can I manage all these big loft expectations. Here are some things I hope to live by:
- Be humble: As an intern, I’ll be at the bottom of the totem pole and I am definitely not afraid to seek help from senior residents, co-interns, nurses, and other support staff. I don’t need to reinvent the wheel in order to make a difference!
- Be open to feedback: I’m always looking for new ways to learn more effectively or do things better. I’m really good at identifying my weaknesses and I’m always ready for someone to give me constructive feedback so that I can be a better doctor in my future practice.
- Take a breath: A lot of change unsettles me. It takes me a while to adjust. Getting frustrated isn’t going to change things and simply finding ways to bring out the inner calm will definitely solve more problems than anything else. This means I need to have a little compassion for myself and to not beat myself about things, like if I forgot some detail that I used to know or if I get hopelessly lost somewhere. Don’t sweat the small stuff!