About the Discussion

Surviving Your First Month as a Doctor

Congratulations! You have 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 be apprehensive about being part of the “July effect” -- the 10% increase in medical errors that occurs at teaching hospitals each July during trainee transitions. We’re here to help! We have assembled an experienced team from around the country to provide advice and guidance in a safe, protected space.

We plan to cover topics such as:

  • Utilizing nurses as guides and valuable resources: Building alliances with nurses can make or break your transition. We will 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 more distant or absent. We will discuss navigating these interactions.
  • Handling increased responsibility and delegation: 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 AM? We will explore how to handle some of these scenarios.
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