Medical intern is the term used to those physicians who are in training and who completed medical school and who already received their medical degree but they are not yet fully licensed to practice medicine when unsupervised. They are the ones that just recently graduated in medical school and the first year of their training after their graduation. They will spend their first year working in the hospital where they are constantly being rotated to different departments to help them being exposed to all types of medical specialties.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PGY-1 or also known as postgraduate year 1 are given responsibilities for patient care but they are under the strict supervision of a senior resident and their attending physician. They perform procedures like intubation, biopsies, and catheterization. They are also responsible for documenting the details of the care given to the patient and the evaluation of those incoming patients.
Interns also given the task to perform procedures that are enlined with their future specialties. If they want to specialize in surgery then they are given the task to take care of the patient before and after any surgical procedure is performed.
During the internship period, an aspiring physician must do certain administrative duties under the strict supervision of a health care supervisor. Interns are expected to do the following:
- Manage Communication: You will be tasked to tell pieces of information to patients, supervisors, coworkers and other health care teams through the use of postal mail, email, telephone communication, personal communication or video conferencing.
- Maintaining Health Records: As an intern, you will be tasked to help complete and update the chart of the patient as well as their medical records.
- Relaying messages: Part of the duties of an intern is to answer phone calls, relay and take messages to doctors, nurses and staff members.
- Scheduling appointments: As an intern, you will also be tasked to schedule patient appointments according to the guideline of the office that you are working on.
- Handle insurance, billing, and finances: This task includes coordinating benefits, verifying insurance coverage of the patient, calculate financial responsibilities of the patients, fill out insurance claims, bill statements as well as make collections and more.
- Order supplies: As an intern, you are also required to order and purchase clinic and office supplies from vendors.
- Documenting information: You are also responsible for documenting different information in both written and electronic format so you also need to be computer literate.
- Preparing patients for examinations: As part of your internship, you will be a task to guide patients to examination rooms, taking and writing vital signs as well as medical history, explain to the patient what will happen throughout the procedure and prepare all necessary equipment for the doctor's arrival. You are also responsible for cleaning and preparing exam rooms every other patient.
- Laboratory tasks: You will be tasked to collect samples for pathological testing and assist in doctors administering injectable medications.
- Managing supplies: You will also be trained to sort and organize materials in the laboratory.