2012 has been a big year. Undoubtedly a lot of things have happened in the world and to every one of us. Personally, I have survived most of intern year, my first ever bank loan, a relationship breakup, and the Apocalypse.
I now know what an intern does. An intern does everything. Writes all the notes on ward rounds, examines the patients, requests pathology and imaging, takes the bloods, places cannulae, chases up on results, placates the senior doctors, looks after the medical students, arranges family meetings, attends family meetings, writes medication charts, writes discharge summaries, arranges patient transfers, makes referrals, answers phones, and sometimes makes coffee runs.
I have learnt not to panic when nurses approach with a question.
I have learnt the importance of filling out a time-sheet.
I have learned that doctors can get loans very easily.
"So, is it Miss, Mrs, Ms ... ?"
"I'll put that right through"
I have learnt how much fun it is to own a sports car.
I have learnt that sometimes you need to stop investing in bad relationships.
And the world does not necessarily end when you run out of calendars.