1. Work hard, come early, and leave late
Regardless of how much you know, an intern who works hard is always appreciated more than the one who knows the most but doesn’t get the job done.
Start Early Pre round on all your patients well ahead of the clinical round, you must have deep knowledge of the reason they got admitted, how they are doing that day, their vital signs, all their investigations, the plan of the day and the admission, the discharge plans and their follow up plans. For added effect, try to memorize this information off hand, so that you can present it in a brief succinct manner during the round. This is an art in itself which you can only acquire by dedication and hard work, and its’ your moment to “shine”
Leave late Make sure you don’t leave until the job is done, be it 6 pm or 12 pm, as you gain more experience you will leave earlier. And remember time you spend now, you will save later.
2. Relationships with colleagues
Important rule the Senior is your friend, even if he or she is not. Always be polite to your senior even if they are unprofessional. You have to know that if you have a problem with the senior you should resolve it with him or her. Do Not seek conflict resolution from the Chief Resident or the Program Director unless it has a clear proven risk on patient care. In some cases, you might have a resident who makes wrong decisions, or lacking in knowledge. Do Not try to shine on his expense, remember he is your senior and has more leverage on you with the attending. Moreover, sometimes program directors regard evaluation by Seniors about interns more than that of attending, they use it to see if you are the person who “gets along with others”. Be in control of your emotions. Do not show anger. Do not show frustration. And Do not Complain. People don’t like whiners. Be firm and assertive. Do your homework; learn as much as you can about the attending. What he likes, and what he dislikes, etc. The more you know, the better armed you will be to face his rounds.