Probably one of the most important things to do is to learn how not to annoy the nurses.
You will need to do Pre-admission clinics (or PACs as we call them in Australia) as an intern, which is daunting if there isn’t a pre-created form for you to fill out in front of the patient. To make this a little easier, try coming up with your own proforma for PACs prior to getting in clinic. You can keep it on a USB and just stick it into the computer in the room you’re working, or if you’re in a clinic without computers, you can look at it on your smart phone to ensure you don’t miss any important peri-operative questions. An example can be seen here.
Mini-intern bootcamp pdf’s from emDocs are gold.
Interview preparation? Actual real-life preparation? Check out these cases.
CV sorting. Check out BoringEM’s take on how to write them right.
“Albinoblackbear” is a nurse turned medical student who blogs at Asystole is the Most Stable Rhythm, and gives many hot tips from the former-inside.
If you haven’t yet shadowed an intern at your hospital or future hospital, have a read about life as an intern here, with part 2 here. Also there’s a message from AcademicLifeinEM, a “preventing nightmares guide” for medical students and residents.
Pagers are something you’ll have to get your head around. Apparently you should NOT write ASAP or :) in a pager note. More on pager etiquette.
And um… you should probably watch this:
(Thanks to Iain Beardsell for putting us onto this video)