Monday, July 1, 2013

I love July 1!

I admit it: I love July 1.  There's so much energy in the air.  True, some of that energy is nervous energy - newly minted PGY1s trying to fit into the "doctor" role, PGY2s and PGY3s adapting to new responsibilities, new attendings working independently for the first time.

I can still remember July 1 of my intern year, now ten years ago.  I remember how I was both excited and nervous as I drove to the hospital that morning.  I was simultaneously thrilled to finally be a doctor and terrified that I would hurt a patient with a thoughtless mistake.  I paid careful attention to everything my attendings and seniors did, anxious to show them that I deserved the M.D. after my name.

Some people refer to July 1 as "National Don't Go to the Hospital Day."  But I think that, on July 1, residents are more closely supervised than any other day of the year.  This morning on inpatient rounds, I double-checked patient history details, drug dosages, and orders for tests.  Just yesterday that kind of micromanaging would have stifled the residents' confidence and independence - but the difference between today and yesterday is as big as it gets during the academic year.  I will enjoy watching how quickly those out-loud double checks (I still do it quietly behind the scenes all year, of course) become unnecessary this week.

So, to everyone who is experiencing a role change today, I say congratulations.  Put all of that nervous energy and enthusiasm to work benefiting patients and your colleagues.  Ask for help when you need it - this doesn't go away when you're an attending, by the way, and it shouldn't.  One of medicine's greatest joys for me is the infinite, ever-changing amount of knowledge to absorb.  It's impossible to be bored as a family doctor.  And, every day, remain thankful for the privilege of doing what you are doing to help others.

Happy New Academic Year, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing...
    I hate July 1,beacuse the New Academic Year coming..

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