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Everything I Learned in Internship

July 3rd, 2014  |  Published in Medical School & Beyond

The following is part of a series of guest posts.

Starting your first year of residency and looking for advice? Below are 12 animated gifs that represent the 12 lessons that Mike Moore, DO learned during the internship year (PGY-1) of his Family Medicine residency. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMooreDO!

Lesson 1: “The best safety net won’t catch you if you’re not over it when you fall. Or are thrown.”

Lesson 1



Lesson 2: “Knowing how to stop something is more important than knowing how to start it.”

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Lesson 3: “Bad things happen even when you have training wheels.”

Lesson 3




Lesson 4: “Things you start rarely stay under your control.”

Lesson 4




Lesson 5: “Watching it a dozen times doesn’t mean you know how to do it.”

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Lesson 6: “All the science you learned in med school has a purpose. Use it.”

Lesson 6




Lesson 7: “There are no shortcuts that won’t come back to hurt you (or your patient) later.”

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Lesson 8: “Even a moment of inattention can cause a disaster.”

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Lesson 9: “Be aware that you are whipping others around with your frenetic activity.”

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Lesson 10: “Start slow & go faster. Don’t try to jump on a moving train (or treadmill).”

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Lesson 11: “Complex plans rarely perform as intended. Make a simple plan that can be executed.”

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Lesson 12: “Get off the treadmill before you’re thrown off. Take care of yourself.”

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Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.

~Antoine de Saint Exupéry

What are your tips for intern year?

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Mike Moore, DOAbout the Author: Mike Moore, DO is a US Army Physician who is currently practicing medicine. He is a resident of the Family Medicine program at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington State. He began his PGY-2 year in the summer of 2014. He graduated osteopathic medical school from Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences. His career interests include Population Health, Primary Care Integration, and Medical Informatics. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMooreDO.

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