Interns & Residents

How to Survive
Your Intern Year

Medical Intern Survival Guide Book & Discount

First-year residents and soon-to-be first years, as any senior resident can tell you, intern year can be a minefield to navigate. Where do you get your scrubs? How do you find time to eat? Time to study? We'll give you the tools you need to quickly develop your knowledge, skills, and bedside manner with patients. Check out The Washington Manual® Internship Survival Guide, or download practical tips and advice from others who've already lived through it!

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Substantially revised since the previous edition, this Internship Survival Guide offers first-year residents practical, real-world medical and professional guidance from senior residents and faculty advisors at the Washington University School of Medicine. You'll learn the nuts and bolts of logistical issues and patient and colleague communication, as well as the basics of navigating your clinical rotations.

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1. Introduction and Objectives
2. Keys to Survival
3. ACLS Algorithms
4. Useful Formulae
5. Patient and Staff Relations
6. Patient Safety and Risk Management
7. Admissions
8. Daily Assessments
9. Discharges
10. Cross-coverage
11. Other Notes of Importance
12. Top 10 Workups
13. Pain Control
14. Fluids and Electrolytes
15. Acid-Base Disorders
16. ECG and Arrhythmias
17. Radiology
18. Anticoagulation Management
19. Approach to Consultation
20. Preoperative Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
21. Dermatology
22. Neurology
23. Obstetrics and Gynecology
24. Ophthalmology
25. Orthopedic Surgery
26. Otolaryngology
27. Psychiatry
28. General Surgery
29. Critical Care
30. Guide to Procedures
31. Final Thoughts

Tips on Surviving Your Residency

Sample content from The Washington Manual® Internship Survival Guide:

  1. DONT PANIC! Keep your sense of humor. A positive attitude will take you far.
  2. Ask questions and ASK FOR HELP! Believe it or not, you are not actually expected to know everything.
  3. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Sleep when you can, remember to eat, and be mindful of your own health. Don’t forget your family and friends.
  4. Work hard, stay enthusiastic, and maintain interest. But try not to burn yourself out in the first month.
  5. Take care of your patients. You’re finally using your expensive education and training. Keep your patients at the center of what you do, and keep their best interests in mind.

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Initial Workup on Patients with a Headache

Chances are you’ll encounter numerous patients who complain of a headache. But not all headaches are the same. In this excerpt from the Internship Survival Guide you’ll find steps for patient assessment, lab and diagnostic options, and, most important, which headache criteria demand immediate attention.

Nuts and Bolts of Common Procedures

This year, you’ll do many of the same procedures on real, live, actual patients! Review this handy cheat sheet for step-by-step instructions on 7 common procedures. Photos, illustrations, and instruments give you context to perform each procedure accurately and efficiently.

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