Friday, July 8, 2011

It has been 1 week

So I have been an Intern for a whole week, as stated in the title of today's episode. The cool thing is that when I walk into see patients, I say I am Dr. Lerman, no longer saying Student Doctor Lerman and it is awesome. This whole month I am in the emergency room, which is kind of like an extension of medical school because I cannot chart anything, order anything, and I have to report everything to attending and have to try to follow my patients.

But, I am learning some. And that is the main point of course. I have taken the time that I am not seeing people and using it to read articles and get myself ready to take on the role of a good intern and eventually a good resident and practitioner. Not to mention, I have to get ready to take step 3 of the boards. I plan on taking them in 6 months. So to get ready, I am reading Kaplan's Mastering the Boards and will be signing up for the Q-banks. The more questions I do, the better I will be. I plan on getting a fellowship so I would like to score very well. While I did about 2500 questions to prepare for Step 2, I plan to do at least this many for Step 3. The big difference is that this test is 2 days long. That's right dear readers, you heard me; 2 DAYS!!!! Lord Help Me.

Our last loan check came in, so we no longer have to eat Ramen Noodles and I am going to start getting paid, which is a nice return to the way things ought to be.

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Next time, I will talk about my first on call in the ICU!!



  2. I love it! Congratulations on getting to this point. I think teachers should go through a system like this. There would be a lot less of them quitting or not being able to handle a difficult class. Keep us posted on what comes next.

  3. Thanks both of you. It is very kind. I still have my "sea legs" but they are getting more steady as I have more confidence in my abilities. I have been reading about 1 organ system emergency just about every day and how to treat it so I am ready for the ICU, which is not only this weekend and next weekend for overnight call, but also next month. Well 2 months if you count also the Surgical Intensive Care Unit the month after that.