I was so excited for my first day of internship. I had swapped rotations with someone not only to help them out of a home situation but also to go rural. I was told I'd have the best experience out there. Lo' and behold, my first day wasn't what I expected. I also was shocked particularly by the reaction of the doctors around me.
It has been a couple of years since the incident and I've since grown and learnt so much. I'm putting my story here because I believe all junior doctors, particularly interns, would benefit from this. I want all junior doctors to know that everyone struggles but they are not alone in it. We're so proud and full of ego in Medicine that we often don't admit our struggles because we like failures if we did so.
For all the interns starting their first day, take a deep breath and ask for help. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help and admitting you're struggling. Patient safety is your number one priority. And lastly, have lots of fun!
I am here to support you to be the best junior doctor you can be.
With love and support,