THE INTERNAL MEDICINE INTERNSHIP SURVIVAL GUIDE (BY A YALE RESIDENT)
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ABOUT THE BOOK The transition from medical student to physician is one of the most important events in the life of a young doctor. From the moment medical school graduates step foot on the internal medicine ward as ?real doctors," they will be leaving behind civilian life forever. Hereafter, patients, family, and friends will look to the new doctor for help and healing, counting on years of study and training to have provided the tools to diagnose and treat disease. Residency is a challenging time because doctors are charged with learning as much as they can, but are also hospital employees with a job to perform. The hope of this guide is that an intern will be able to navigate the rocky waters of internship whether remaining in internal medicine residency or matriculating to another field such as dermatology, neurology, anesthesiology, or radiology. This guide is not a practical how-to, as a residency program should provide such support. It is, however, designed to help interns maneuver the pitfalls of the workplace, navigate interpersonal interactions, and utilize the best tools and practices during the course of their internship. MEET THE EXPERT Dr. Galen was born an identical twin in Cleveland, OH. He attended the boys preparatory academy, University School, where he edited the literary magazine and the school newspaper. At Brown University, he studied biology primarily, but not without availing himself of Brown's Classics and Comparative Literature Departments. At Tufts University School of Medicine he led the Progressive Students' Alliance and the local chapter of Medical Students for Choice. He is completing residency in internal medicine at Yale University and resides with his fiancee in New Haven, CT. Outside of work he enjoys the Yale Writer's Workshop, Super 8 film-making, and classic rock.