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Education  |   March 2015
Ten Things I Learned as an Intern
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Walter Crittenden, Pharm.D., M.D.
    From the University of California, Irvine, Orange, California. wcritten@uci.edu
  • Accepted for publication August 15, 2013.
    Accepted for publication August 15, 2013.×
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Education   |   March 2015
Ten Things I Learned as an Intern
Anesthesiology 03 2015, Vol.122, 712. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182a9afaf
Anesthesiology 03 2015, Vol.122, 712. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182a9afaf
  1. Patients usually get better—or worse—in spite of what the doctor does.

  2. If you are unsure whether or not to call a Rapid Response, call it.

  3. Midnight pancakes are the best pancakes.

  4. If a nurse calls or pages because she is worried about your patient, get up and go see the patient.

  5. Interns don’t know what they don’t know, and are blissfully ignorant. Second year residents know what they don’t know and are terrified. Third year residents know what they don’t know and are OK with it.

  6. Never loan your only pen to an attending.

  7. Eat well; get enough sleep; exercise; spend time with your family; read; be on time; take good care of your patients. You can only pick 3 of these.

  8. It’s easy to be a mediocre doctor; it’s very hard to be a good doctor.

  9. Never underestimate the power of Normal Saline.

  10. Sometimes the only thing left for his doctor to do is give a dying man a sip of water.