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July 3rd, 2013
First Year ID Fellows — What Do They Learn, and What Do They Hate?
In the weird calendar of academic medical centers, July 1 is the “official” first day of school.
In our ID program, however, we shifted it to July 5 a few years ago to avoid the interruption of the July 4 holiday at the beginning of the year. On July 3 — today — our incoming first-year fellows round with our ID fellows who have completed 363 days, acting as observers.
If ever you wanted tangible evidence that the first-year learning curve has a very large area under it, this is the day. Because the soon-to-be second years know a ton, the newbies … well, let’s just say there’s a reason they do an ID fellowship, and it’s to learn clinical ID!
In addition, fellows who have spent a year doing ID consults nearly every day also have learned a few things that they truly hate.
Here’s one: A late afternoon consult.
(That was easy.)
But rather than my providing the list, I would love to hear from you — two targeted questions:
- What do first-year fellows learn?
- What do they learn to hate?
Responses — anonymous and otherwise — welcome! And here’s a video: