I was reading a blog post from attending who had been Intern of the Year at his program in residency. He gave a list of instructions on how to follow in his footsteps and be Intern of the Year. I'm not going to link to it here, because then you'll all read that post instead, but basically he said some things that were good ideas and other things that were borderline insane.
The thing is, many of us have no desire to be Intern of the Year. Especially those of us who are going into cushy sub-specialties. All we want is to go through the year without losing our mind or killing anyone. Therefore, I present:
How to NOT be Intern of the Year (yet not kill anyone)
1) When your work for the day is done, LEAVE. Don't wander around the hospital, looking for people who might be coding. Go home. Sleep. Smell flowers.
2) When there's a code on a patient, don't run to the code. Walk. Possibly in the opposite direction. No person's life was ever saved by an intern. Your presence in the back of the room, squished up against the wall, isn't helping anyone.
3) If a clinic patient turns out to need a procedure like an injection or a pap smear, schedule it for the next visit. Preferably after you've graduated.
4) Patients' families are like the plague. Avoid them or at least sequester them in a plastic bubble.
5) Whatever your patient wants, give it to them. Arguing with a patient who wants pain medication takes a lot longer than just giving them pain medication.
6) When it's lunchtime, eat lunch. When it's dinnertime, eat dinner.
7) Don't work-up chronic conditions on inpatients, no matter how "interesting" they are.
8) When starting a new rotation, do absolutely nothing to prepare for it. You'll figure it out eventually.
9) By the time rounds are over, you've seen your patient twice. Do not see your patient again for the rest of the day unless forced. And even then, try to get out of it.
10) Block consults with every fiber of your being.