As your first year as an intern unfolds, consider seeking independent mentorship and career advice on your choice of specialty outside of your workplace.
However, try to keep your options open in your first year as it is usually too early to make firm decisions on your future career. Keep an open mind about your future specialty and try to obtain as much experience in all areas of medicine, surgery and psychiatry. Your wide experience will be very valuable to your future career and care of your patients, whatever specialty you choose.
Avoid taking on extra study or research outside your work hours in your first year. It is more important that you focus on your optimal performance in all your rotations. One of the great things about your intern year is having a break from exams.
Consult your trusted GP for any physical or mental health issue no matter how big or small. Strict privacy laws protect your confidentiality. Mandatory reporting only occurs if a doctor is at risk of substantial harm to patients, which is rarely the case. Most doctors with mental illness provide the highest standard of patient care, often at great expense to themselves. Doctors with optimal mental and physical health enjoy their medical careers.
To remain positive about your future, develop practical goals in all areas of your life not only medicine: spiritual life, relationships, mental health, physical health, social life. If you have a few bad days, you can put them in perspective if you have bigger goals outside medicine.