As you embark on the journey, along comes a new set of responsibilities and exciting experiences — and a sense of anxiety.
I was in the same position a couple of years ago — excited about my new career, but worried I was not ready.
However, I learnt a lot in making my way through rotations over the year.
Here are the tips which, with the help of my colleagues, I have identified to help you survive your internship and the rest of your medical career.
It is ok to not know
As you start out on the wards or in the emergency department (ED), it is only natural to second-guess yourself.
It is important to remember that as much as you may feel the pressure to know everything, you are a junior.
The intern year is designed to allow you to test your skills and knowledge and grow as a clinician with the support of your seniors.
There is always someone nearby to ask for help — you are encouraged to ask questions.
This does not just apply to clinical situations. A lot of your role as an intern will comprise of clerical work, scripts and discharges. A lot of this can be hospital or rotational-specific, so ask everyone around you for help, particularly nurses and pharmacists.
Remember, the ward pharmacist is a wealth of knowledge and is your best friend.
You are all in it together
Everyone you will work with is part of the same team.
Be nice to one another and help each other out.
If you have the time, offer to help a busy colleague by inserting a cannula into a patient or a do quick discharge.
A little help goes a long way and people will remember.
This doesn’t just apply to your fellow interns, this applies to all staff. No matter the size of a hospital, all staff will take note of those who are friendly and are a team player, and those who are not.
Being a part of the team makes a better work environment for everyone.