Tomorrow, your world will end!
Okay, so perhaps I’m being a bit melodramatic, but tomorrow truly is the beginning of your first day of actual practice as a physician in the U.S., and it is healthy to have a bit of fear mixed in with your excitement (or, for some, dread).
Last year, I was in your shoes as a newly minted orthopedic surgery resident. The questions that ran through my mind included, “Will I have to use that ACLS stuff on my first day?” “How in the world do I modify PCA orders?” “How long will it take before I get yelled at?” The answer to the last question is “not long,” lol, but since I am now going into my PGY-2 year, I thought it would be helpful to give you some advice before your first day:
By Walter Wiggins
Congratulations! This is a wonderful achievement, and you should celebrate again, regardless of your score. If you’re satisfied or even happy/thrilled/ecstatic with your score, congratulations, again! If you’re not very satisfied with your score, keep your head up and celebrate that you will never have to take Step 1 again, because you passed.
We here at First Aid/USMLE-Rx are all about your success. With that in mind, we want you to turn a simple clerkship into a residency. Here’s how.