July 1st is the new year in medicine. Medical students step into their first clinical role as “Doctor,” interns matriculate as residents, and residents become attendings – many realizing lifelong dreams.
It is a day of excitement and nervousness – coupled feelings, often separated only by the tone in which we hear our thoughts…
“This is my first day as a doctor”
There is no skipping this step. For physicians seeking clinical practice in this country, intern year is a do-not-pass-go situation.