I can officially say that intern year is over now! What better time to share my thoughts for the year?
- Big picture: Compared to college and medical school, I’d rate intern year as more enjoyable than medical school (every single year of it) and less enjoyable than college (no surprise there).
- The bad things about this year: In the beginning– feeling incompetent, working slowly, having to ask stupid questions like how much replacement potassium to give. In the middle– getting worn down and burnt out, missing holidays with family, missing all of my non-medicine friends that are back in Milwaukee. In the end– feeling ready to not be an intern anymore!
- The good things about this year (definitely outweigh the bad!): Basic things– Having a “real” job, a paycheck and health insurance 🙂 Becoming more competent– Feeling 100% more capable at taking care of patients, making plans and changing them as necessary; I can manage a moderately sized team easily on my own (~10 patients), and when I talk to patients now, I actually feel like I’m their doctor and am able to make at least a small difference in their life. Other stuff– Learning to balance life and residency acceptably well… at least I stay in shape, eat ok, see friends and family, and try to stay positive most of the time! I have some seriously awesome friends, and an amazing boyfriend that I’m incredibly grateful for. Not to mention a supportive family that doesn’t make me feel guilty for missing every single holiday celebration because I’m working.
I’m not dreading starting G2 year, but its hard to get super excited. This year we do have more consult months instead of just getting slammed with ward months over and over. The good and the bad of consult months is no scrubs! I’ll have to get dressed every day, not just a few days per month like how I’ve become accustomed to. The problem with this is I got rid of most of my pants recently. And haven’t replaced them yet. Why is pants shopping so difficult (and I’m able to wear anything except obvious blue jeans!)? I haven’t gotten any new pairs yet… although three pairs from Yoox are on their way to me as I type, all brands I’m not familiar with (Daniele Alessandrini– love the back pockets!! Dondup and Piazza Sempione– intrigued by the viscose/wool/elastane blend… sounds lovely) . My favorite pair of pants I own is the J. Crew Matchstick cropped pants from last year. So flattering, they don’t bag out and hold up great to washing. I’ve been waiting for J. Crew to come out with these again, but no luck (ugh, why does that always happen!?!). I’ve seen people looking awesome in the new fit of the toothpick jean, so the Ecru pair has been sitting in my cart for a while. Beyond this, I don’t really know where to look. I’d love any recommendations!