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Aqeel Kamal Reflects on Intern Rotation - Emergency Medicine

Kamil Aqeel
Aqeel Kamal, MD, Class of 2019

“My first rotation as an intern was in the Emergency Department. While I was very excited to start residency, being at a level one trauma center was nerve racking! The ED schedule had 7am-3pm shifts, 3pm-11pm shifts, and 11 pm – 7am shifts. I worked about 5 overnight shifts and the rest of my shifts were during days.   In medical school, I was used to working 12 hour days in the ED so I really appreciated the 8 hour days as an intern.

As an intern you work closely with a 3rd year ED resident. Usually there would be about 3 Upper Level Residents, 2 Interns and 2 Attendings on the adult side of the ED.  It was very fast paced, the days flew by. As patients were triaged, they would appear on our board and I would choose the patient I wanted to see. The Upper Levels were always available for my questions; they encouraged me to see patients of higher acuity and guided me through the treatment plans.  Some of the memorable cases I managed included a GI bleeder, Sickle Cell crisis, and an Anaphylaxis patient.

I was definitely nervous starting in the ED, however I became comfortable very fast due to the support I had. I was not expected to know everything. All the Attendings were great teachers as well. Dr. Masneri was one particular Attending I worked with the most and he made sure to give me a teaching point with each case I presented to him. The ED ended up being the best place to kick off my intern year because I got to manage a variety of cases and I became comfortable taking care of higher acuity patients. “



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