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How was the transition from being a medical student to a resident?


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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Marie Angelica: Here's a link to information on how to make the transition from a medical student to residency. You might want to start here.

https://students-residents.aamc.org/financial-aid/article/easing-residency-transition-tips/

This link is from the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) website.

Good Luck to You!


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Ransi’s Answer

It was difficult for me because, as a medical student, I had my interns, residents and attending physicians supervising me. When I hit internship that safety net wasn't as big because I became part of the safety net. The hardest thing was learning to make decisions confidently. It took a few months but I got over the 'stage fright' and became comfortable with decisions, workload and really enjoyed working as a physician. Once you are part of a patient's care plan and actively engaged in making decisions with your team, the patient, family and nursing staff, you feel a great sense of satisfaction and remember why you're there in the first place. So, it's not an easy transition - it never is but it's a part of training and we will all tell you how important that part of your education becomes.


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Richard’s Answer

Similarities include the need for long hours of reading and study. Also, there continue to be lectures.

The main difference is that now your decisions actually can have consequences. There are attending physicians available for help and they can give input into your decisions, but sometimes their input isn't immediately available when a decision must be made.

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