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Intern Year: 20 Things You May Not Have Learned About In Medical School




There is nothing like the excitement of graduating from medical school met with the realization that you may know the material, but you may not know how to use what you’ve learned. You may know your patient needs a blood transfusion, but you don’t know how to give it. You may know that your patient has type-2 diabetes, but you may not know how to manage that in the inpatient setting. And you may know that your patients’ electrolytes are imbalanced, but you may not know how to replete them or what the safe doses are. It’s these must-know topics that new interns have been taught how to recognize in medical school, but not taught how to act on yet. These and many more topics that you will deal with daily as a medical intern and resident are the focus of this book, written by residents, attendings, and pharmacists specifically for soon-to-graduate medical students and medical interns.
Written mainly in friendly narrative format, these chapters approach topics in a mentor-to-mentee fashion, with full knowledge of how overwhelming intern year can be. In so, each topic is meant to be easily readable and formatted in a way of understanding and down to earth teaching that doesn’t overwhelm the reader with pathophysiology or biochemistry, but rather from a friendly mentor perspective that coaches the reader through a topic and simplifies it in a way as to take as much stress away from it as possible. Covering high-yield topics that interns will need in their everyday patient care like choosing the right IV, feeding tube, or patient diet, as well as emotional and stressful topics such as getting a patient’s code status or pronunciation of death, this book is meant to guide the intern through each, with the support and information they need during their first year as a physician.

This book covers the “must-know” topics such as:

1: Routine morning labs
2: Routine problem-specific labs
3: Giving blood products
4: Repleting electrolytes
5: Repleting iron, thiamine, and vitamin D
6: Inpatient glucose management
7: DVT prophylaxis
8: Inpatient non-opioid pain relief
9: Diarrhea/constipation
10: Alcohol and nicotine withdrawal precautions
11: Inpatient diet
12: Feeding tubes
13: IVs and central access
-(PIV/midline/PICC line/HD line/central lines/ports)
14: Oxygen provision 15: types of intravenous fluids
16: Delirium prevention
17: Ancillary hospital services (wound care/PT/OT/RT/SLP/nutrition)
18: Hospice and palliative care
19: Code status
20: Pronunciation of death
Bonus chapter: general tips for an effective intern.

### For every book sold, $1 will be donated to Lifebanc, a non-profit organ-donation service helping patients in need of these life-saving resources.###


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