Intern Year

Marc Katz, MD Marc Katz, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Drexel University College of Medicine


Marc Katz is a first-year internal medicine resident interested in pursuing a fellowship in cardiology. He writes about the hidden curriculum of medical school and residency and about humanism in medicine.




How Does a Doctor Become Competent? (Part 2 of 3)

In medical school, competence was defined by studying the course pack, that stack of crucial lecture notes, and memorizing the details therein. Especially in the first two years, my classmates and I spent virtually all of our waking hours reading text books, attending lectures, highlighting and underlining every word of the course material because we were told that all of it, every word, was important. This understanding of competence reflected the clear but unspoken end game: to have the best score on the exam possible, or at least a better score than the other half of the class.

Breaking the “Successful Intern” Barrier :  8 Small Things for Outpatient Success

Realizing that we have both inpatient and outpatient months, which require different skill sets, I feel that it would be better to split these lists into both outpatient and inpatient suggestions. After a few month of being on outpatient rotations, here is my list of eight things to master in order to break the successful intern barrier in the outpatient world.

Brian Secemsky, MD Brian Secemsky, MD (2 Posts)

Resident Editor Emeritus (2015-2016)

UCSF One Medical Group


Brian Secemsky, MD is an internal medicine physician currently practicing and teaching outpatient medicine in San Francisco, CA. His interests include preventive health, patient education and medical journalism. The goal of his writing is to expose those who are interested in medicine to various health care topics and to break down the jargon of medical literature into something that everyone can understand and learn from. You can find him on Twitter @BrianSecemskyMD or the website http://www.briansecemskymd.com