Vol VIII, Issue 2 Date of Publication: April 30, 2023
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2022.071

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Internship: A time to prioritise

FNU Anamika
Medical internship is a yearlong experience that is physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting. After five years as students, the interns finally get close to achieving what they have always dreamt of. Most of the fundamental clinical knowledge and skills that a student learns are acquired during their internship. For the first time, students gain financial freedom, recognise the importance of a white coat, and are recognised as doctors. Internship helps a student to realise the mechanics of how a hospital operates, how patients are treated, how crises are managed, and most crucially, how to think and work productively in a chaotic yet effective atmosphere. Each obstacle encountered serves as a training ground. The key dilemmas are whether to prioritise learning clinical skills or study for the post-graduation entrance examinations, and which specialty to opt for. Conscientious mentors are vital to this whole process.

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  1. Dr(Brig)R S Rajan
    Retd Prof of CVTS, AFMC, Pune , India
    30 September 2022

    Unfortunately, most Interns today view Internship as “Preparatory Leave” for NEET (PG) and end up worse off professionally than where they started.

    • Affiliation: Retd Prof of CVTS, AFMC, Pune
    • Country: India
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