Advice from the field

Soon, real-life patients will be looking to you to guide decisions about their healthcare. Do you want help on being a good resident? How about a great resident? Here you’ll find important advice on juggling sleep with work and study, interacting with patients and their families, self-confidence, making the right diagnosis, and more.

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To all first-years:

You’ve made it through match—congratulations! Despite your worries, you are ready for residency. Yes, the hours are long and learning while caring for patients can be intimidating. Answering questions in front of patients and your attendings can be a challenge. But saying goodbye to medical school is a great opportunity to start using your knowledge and skills in real-life situations, making decisions about actual patients, and learning how your efforts help people live their lives.

My advice to you is simple: show up on time to rounds, remember to eat and to take care of yourself. Learn from your senior residents, the hospital staff and nurses, and your attendings. Most importantly, pay attention to your patients. If you ask, they often can tell you what is wrong, what is their greatest worry, and give you direction regarding treatment. Residency is the next step on your journey in your medical career, with much to be gained if you learn from everyone you work with.

Welcome and good luck!

Dr. Frank Domino

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