About the Discussion

Surviving Your First Month as a Doctor

Congratulations! You’ve finally received that medical degree and are on to the next stage of your career. With a new title of “Doctor,” you are embarking on a new role with expanded responsibility. It’s natural to fear being part of the “July effect” -- the 10% increase in medical errors that occurs each July at teaching hospitals during trainee transitions. We’re here to help! We've assembled an experienced team from around the country to provide advice and guidance in a safe, protected space.

We’ll cover topics such as:

  • Utilizing nurses as guides and valuable resources: Building alliances with nurses can make or break your transition. We’ll offer tips for building these relationships and improving your performance and patient care.
  • Working with attendings: Each attending has a unique style. Some seem demanding and overbearing while others seem clueless or absent. We’ll discuss navigating these interactions.
  • Handling increased responsibility and delegation: How do you know when to bump the situation up the chain of command? What isthat chain of command? What if your resident isn't calling you back? Do you call the attending at 3 AM? We will explore some of these scenarios.
  • Evolving from medical student to doctor: It’s a big leap that involves a psychological transition from being a student learner on the care team to learning to drive the boat yourself.
  • Navigating the family conference: 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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