How to Survive Internship – A Few Pointers for Our Newest Doctors!

Medical education in our country is very mindless and impractical, and this irrelevance reaches a peak during the one year of compulsory internship. In good medical colleges, internship is a grueling affair – collecting samples, chasing lab reports, completing paperwork, and worrying about not getting enough time to study for the looming PG Entrance exams!

Unfortunately, medical colleges are still very hierarchical, and the most boring and the most clerical work is given to the junior-most person on the team, who often happens to be the intern. In the US residency programs, it’s the same, except that there are 3rd and 4th year medical students who show up at 5am every day (or should I say every night?) to prepare the “rounding sheets” for the unit, and the interns have the “luxury” to show up at 6am to supervise their work!

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