How to be a good intern. AKA: PGY-1 R-1 Wedge. Why be a doctor? An opportunity to participate in the center of the human drama:. Life and death, not life on the periphery. Growing up medically:. Internship is the seminal year of your career. You will work harder (I hope)
Life and death, not life on the periphery
“According to a 2005 British study commissioned by Hewlett Packard, workers who constantly interrupt tasks in order to respond to e-mail, text messages and phone calls suffer a 10-point drop in I.Q. following the distractions. That’s more than double the drop in I.Q. experienced by marijuana smoke.”
Learn to focus amid the chaos.
“It is for you to give the Orders & if they are bungled – except for the King, the Archbishop of Canterbury & the Speaker you can sack anyone & everyone – Therefore with this terrific power you must combine urbanity, kindness and if possible Olympic calm....I cannot bear that those who serve the Country & yourself should not love you as well as admire and respect you – Besides you won’t get the best result by irascibility and rudeness. They will breed either dislike or a slave mentality....”Clementine Churchill to Winston Churchill, 1940(Jenkins, R.: CHURCHILL)
Abraham Lincoln, quoted in Team of Rivals.
We have to walk it by ourselves
O, nobody can walk it for us
We have to walk it by ourselves.”
“Now, wearily, desperately, the old enfeebled mind was trying to grope with the strange and bitter miracle of life, to get some meaning out of that black, senseless fusion of pain and joy and agony, that web that had known all the hope and joy and wonder of a boy, the fury, passion, drunkenness, and wild desire of youth, the rich adventure and fulfilment of a man, and that had led him to this fatal and abominable end.”Thomas Wolfe: OFTIMEANDTHERIVER.
Peanuts, DMN, 04/16/06.
Ethics Manual, ACP, Ann.Int.Med 142:572
Jared Diamond: COLLAPSE