Intern Year

Mamtha Raj, MD Mamtha Raj, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Lehigh Valley Health Network


Originally from Boston then Chicago for medical school, I am now a plastics-integrated intern at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. I am also an avid foodie, dancer, and creative writer.




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.

Ups and Downs of My Intern Year in Emergency Medicine

Everyone warns you that intern year is hard. It’s a year of little sleep, a rollercoaster of emotions both good and bad. Frustration and guilt in wanting to know everything now because everything you don’t know might be what matters for this patient, this time. And tremendous successes. Some of the things I did this year, I really can’t believe I was able to do. And survive.

Stephanie Louka, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

VCU Health


Stephanie Louka is a PGY-3 at VCU Health in Richmond, VA. She earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA and earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 2001. She is an active life-member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA. Her husband, Amir Louka, is also a PGY-3 Emergency Medicine Resident at VCU Health. Together they author the blog TeamLouka.com, which focuses on life in EMS and Emergency Medicine.