It’s done, over. I survived intern year! As of July 1st, I am no longer an intern but an upper level. There is now a new intern class that has started and I’m sure they are just as nervous and unsure as I was last year. Here are the biggest lessons I’ve learned during this past year.
Never be afraid to ask for help.
I was so nervous at the beginning of last year to ask questions. I thought that maybe I should already know the answer or that people were too busy to help. That was completely untrue. Everyone has been in the same situation and completely expect for you to have a million questions.
It’s no secret, I love to be organized in all areas of my life. This year was no different. I would try and take a few minutes before each different rotation to think about what was coming. I would try and picture what my daily schedule would look like, what specifics I would need to know about my patients, and get familiar with each patient beforehand. Just a little bit of preparation would help me feel calmer and more prepared for what lied ahead. Below is a table I made to keep up with all the important information on my patients in the newborn nursery.
Rely on those around you.
Intern year is hard. There’s no way around it. There will be times where you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and have no idea how to even keep going. Burn out is real and everyone experiences it in one way or another. When you are feeling like this, seek help early. Talk to your fellow residents, chiefs, and program director. They are there to help. Be there for each other too. On rotations where we could, my fellow interns and I would let each other check out a bit early whenever there was the opportunity. Just those couple of extra hours can do wonders to help keep your sanity, even if you only spend it doing laundry or taking a nap.
I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. I’m not going to lie, it has been rough. I have worked more hours than I ever thought possible and have been so tired I just wanted to crawl into bed and sleep for a week. Even through all the times where I wasn’t sure what I was doing or even if I could keep going, I survived and still wouldn’t have chosen anything different for my life. I was called to be a Pediatrician and cannot wait for what this next year has in store!
What are you most nervous about when it comes to intern year? What are you most excited about? Let me know by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!