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Medical Intern Survival Guide

First-year residents and soon-to-be first years, as any senior resident can tell you, intern year can be a minefield to navigate. Where do you get your scrubs? How do you find time to eat? Time to study? We’ll give you the tools you need to quickly develop your knowledge, skills, and bedside manner with patients. Check out The Washington Manual® Internship Survival Guide, or download practical tips and advice from others who’ve already lived through it!

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  • Table of Contents
    Contributing Authors
    Abbreviations List
    1. Introduction and Objectives
    2. Keys to Survival
    3. ACLS Algorithms
    4. Useful Formulae
    5. Patient and Staff Relations
    6. Patient Safety and Risk Management
    7. Admissions
    8. Daily Assessments
    9. Discharges
    10. Cross-coverage
    11. Other Notes of Importance
    12. Top 10 Workups
    13. Pain Control
    14. Fluids and Electrolytes
    15. Acid-Base Disorders
    16. ECG and Arrhythmias
    17. Radiology
    18. Anticoagulation Management
    19. Approach to Consultation
    20. Preoperative Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
    21. Dermatology
    22. Neurology
    23. Obstetrics and Gynecology
    24. Ophthalmology
    25. Orthopedic Surgery
    26. Otolaryngology
    27. Psychiatry
    28. General Surgery
    29. Critical Care
    30. Guide to Procedures
    31. Final Thoughts

Tips on Surviving Your Residency

Sample content from The Washington Manual® Internship Survival Guide:

  1. DON’T PANIC! Keep your sense of humor. A positive attitude will take you far.
  2. Ask questions and ASK FOR HELP! Believe it or not, you are not actually expected to know everything.
  3. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Sleep when you can, remember to eat, and be mindful of your own health. Don’t forget your family and friends.
  4. Work hard, stay enthusiastic, and maintain interest. But try not to burn yourself out in the first month.
  5. Take care of your patients. You’re finally using your expensive education and training. Keep your patients at the center of what you do, and keep their best interests in mind.


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Initial Workup on Patients with a Headache

Chances are you’ll encounter numerous patients who complain of a headache. But not all headaches are the same. In this excerpt from The Washington Manual® Internship Survival Guide you’ll find steps for patient assessment, lab and diagnostic options, and, most important, which headache criteria demand immediate attention.

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Nuts and Bolts of Common Procedures

This year, you’ll do many of the same procedures on real, live, actual patients! Review this handy cheat sheet for step-by-step instructions on seven common procedures. Photos, illustrations, and instruments give you context to perform each procedure accurately and efficiently.

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