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Surviving the First Month as a Doctor – Advice from the Community

Congratulations, you've made it through four grueling years of medical school, and now people call you Doctor! But with great power comes great responsibility. You want to do everything possible to not contribute to the "July effect" - the 10% increase in medical errors in teaching hospitals during the month of July.

NEJM Resident 360 wants to support you through this difficult transition. We've gathered the top medical chiefs from around the country to provide advice and guidance in a safe, protected space.

Some topics we plan to cover:

  • Nurses as your best friends: How to remember their names and build trusting relationships. Does that mean that you should bring them cookies - or is that too much?
  • Making your attending happy: All the archetypes - demanding and overbearing, clueless, and absent.
  • The tricky-patient situation: How do you know when to bump the situation up the chain of command? What is that chain of command? What if your resident isn't calling you back? Do you call the attending at 3 a.m.?
  • The scary family: What do you say and when do you say it? When do you need to involve others in the conversation? Who are those others--attendings? patient advocates? ethics consultants?
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