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How to Prepare for Medical Residency

Residency Secrets & Tips from the Pros

Sooner than you think, real-life patients will be looking to you for answers to questions about their healthcare. But what makes a good medical resident? What makes 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. Residency directors (past and present), senior residents, and newbies who’ve just started their residency offer their take on tackling new responsibilities and navigating medical school residency.

Letter from Dr. Frank Domino, editor of 5-Minute Clinical Consult and 5MinuteConsult.com

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

THE MUST HAVE RESOURCE FOR ALL INTERNAL MEDICINE RESIDENTS

Hear directly from the Chief Residents of Washington University as they discuss ways that interns and residents should use The Washington Manual® during their training as they build the foundation of their medical knowledge.

VALUABLE ADVICE FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

Before they were chief residents, they were residents and interns. And before that, they were medical students! The Chief Residents behind the famed Washington Manual® provide medical students tips on how to use the Manual to support their learning before and during their clinical rotations.

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