A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of an Intern

Hello and thank you for considering a residency at the University of Michigan! My name is Maria and I recently completed my first year of residency in pediatrics at U of M. For me, one of the most helpful ways I was able to distinguish among programs during the residency application process was to picture what my day-to-day routine would look like if I were to match at each program I visited. The purpose of this page is to help you do just that! Below is a description of what my typical day looked like as an intern on an inpatient service at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pre-Rounding: Generally, I tried to get to the hospital between 6-6:30AM so I could settle in before the night team arrived to give sign out on overnight events on our patients as well as sign out new admissions from overnight. While pre-rounding, I would look up pertinent information about the patients on MiChart, the name of our Epic EMR, and then try to see all the patients to do physical examinations before morning conference.                                       

Conference: Our morning conferences occur from 8-9AM every weekday and are an opportunity for case based teaching and important "crash course" topics during intern year. As an intern, I presented interesting cases multiple times throughout the year with my team, which was a great experience. It was also fun to learn about cases that other teams saw and how they were managed. 

Post-Rounding: After rounding, our team would run the list together and take care of the most urgent tasks first (calling consults, orders, touching base with nurses and families that were not present on rounds). Then I would work on my progress notes from the day. On Wednesdays, I had continuity clinic, so I would prioritize my notes and ultimately sign out my patients and my pager to my senior when everything was done.

Noon conference: After signing out my patients and running the list with my senior, I would head to noon conference for learning and lunch before heading to clinic. Usual noon conferences are put on by various pediatric faculty, and oftentimes include specialists from other divisions, including radiology, pediatric surgery, ENT, etc. These topics are high yield and helpful, especially during intern year.

Head to PM Clinic at East Ann Arbor: about a 10-15 minute drive from the hospital.

Afternoon clinic: In my half day as an intern, I generally would see 4-5 patients. These visits ranged from well child visits of all ages to urgent visits for acute asthma exacerbation or bronchiolitis that required transfer to the emergency department. Afternoon clinic was a great way to work closely with all of the preceptors at our clinic site over the course of the year. The best part about clinic was working with second and third year residents and observing their workflow and how they staff patients.

After Wednesday clinic, our intern class had a weekly tradition of Wine Wednesdays, hosted every week at someone's home. Depending on the week, I would usually swing by home after clinic, grab a bottle of wine to share and head to whoever's home was hosting. There we would eat snacks and share stories from the week. This was a great way to unwind with my co-interns throughout the year and it was something fun to look forward to in the middle of the week. We were able to keep up the weekly tradition throughout intern year and only missed a few Wednesdays.