“Congratulations on matching! You have worked so hard to get to this next step in your career, celebrate your success, and be proud of what you have accomplished. A few tips for how to get the most out of the next few months before starting intern year. If you are on clinical rotations, learn from everyone you possibly can. Follow around the nurses, ask them how they start IVs, or what they remember most about the residents they most respect and enjoy working with. Ask the residents tips for how to be a successful intern. When you are getting evaluations from your attendings, ask them what you can improve upon to be prepared when you start your rotations as an intern. Reach out to residents at the program you will be joining! Especially if you are relocating, there is a wealth of information on where to live and where to avoid. But most importantly, enjoy these last few months before you start your intern year. Spend quality time (COVID-safely) with your medical school friends. If the pandemic allows, go on a COVID-safe vacation. Take some time off even if you can’t travel. And be excited, because the best is absolutely yet to come!” Shikha Jain, MD, FACP
About Shikha Jain, MD FACP
I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.