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The patient encounter method

Surgical internship demands efficiency and neurotic attention to detail, 2 often opposing modi operandi. As the workhorse of the inpatient surgical team, you will need to perfect both. Toward this goal, we recommend you do the following:

Family planning in residency

Most residents begin their training in their mid-twenties and finish in the early to mid-thirties, which is the traditional time to start a family. Therefore, many residents will face the decision regarding how to best time this.

Tips for Managing Your Personal Life While in Residency

1. Prioritize your loved ones. Those who support us have to sacrifice a lot on our behalf. We are absent from our parents’ houses at many holidays, and, when we are there, we are likely napping. Our

Doctor, take care of your health!

Let me be honest: I struggle with this issue – I didn’t see a dentist for the first 3 years of residency, which is frankly disgusting. The standard advice is to exercise, eat healthy, and sleep as

Surgery is a team sport

Surgery is a team sport. Yet as a new surgical intern, you may feel that you are not a crucial part of the team. Even if you are incredibly smart, you are unlikely to be making critical

TIME MANAGEMENT AND EFFICIENCY FOR INTERNS

It is the rare intern who is intuitively efficient. For most of us it involves reflection and practice. The most important thing you can do to be more efficient is to be constantly analyzing your behavior, looking

Some rules for interns

Some of your job as an intern is only indirectly related to patient care. While the rules below don’t tell you how to operate better, they will help you to be a more effective team member and

A couple of cases of acute diverticulitis

I have had a couple of cases of acute diverticulitis over the past several weeks and am interested in how everyone approaches this subject:

Spontaneous “perforation” of the liver

62 y. o. f. patient admitted for obstructing jaundice. 2 days after ERCP, the day before planned surgery sudden bout of intense pain relieved by common analgesics. No decline in general status, but slight increase of jaundice

“Spilled” gallstones and gallstone ileus

A cannibalized “spilled” stone causing gallstone-ileus following laparoscopic cholecystectomy.