A Day in the Life of a PGY-1
by Kathleen H. Sauer — last modified Aug 19, 2013 04:18 PM
Eugenia Brikker, M.D.
I normally arrive on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at University Hospital sometime between 7 and 8 am. My day starts with pre-rounding on my patients before joining the Attending Physician, other interns, medical students, social workers, and therapists at treatment team at 9 am to formulate comprehensive treatment plans for all of the patients on the Unit. Each of the interns then takes turns rounding on patients with the Attending and medical students – this is where a lot of teaching happens. After rounds the rest of the morning is then spent putting in orders, discharging patients, or working on transfers to other facilities. If there is not a lunchtime meeting, I have plenty of time to eat lunch with my co-interns. Afternoons are usually a lot slower. I spend my time working up new patients, dictating discharge summaries, teaching med-students, or going to didactics. On days that I am not on call, I usually leave the hospital around 5pm. After work I go to yoga at a local wellness studio and after I may grab dinner out with friends at one of the many local restaurants. So far I’ve found intern year to be a great experience and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to stay at the University of Louisville for my training.