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Published on: 20 Mar 2017 by bloggershirley

How To Stay Healthy During Medical Internship

Living with someone who struggled and
worked hard to finish medicine school has taught me to be very sensitive with
their needs. Students who aspire to become doctors are under a tremendous
amount of pressure and sometimes, they start to neglect their health, get sick,
and fall behind.

Medical interns are very different from
other students. Regardless of their illness, they are forced to go to the
hospital to make sure that they fill in all their tabs and learn as much as
they can from the condensed programs offered to them.

It is one of the most difficult phases in
med school and if you are in this position, here are some tips on how to stay
healthy despite the mental and physical stress you’re in.

Your Food

There are vending machines all around the
hospital, and the cafeteria will serve their lunches, but packing your own
lunch guarantees a healthier option. The pressure you are in can possibly make
you gain weight, and eating junk foods and unhealthy meals will never benefit
you in any way.

Food preparation can be a tricky task. But
doing this during your day off can actually help alleviate the stress. If you
try to make food preparations fun, this will help you relax and at the same
time, prepare your week’s entire meal plan.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Amazingly, there are medical interns who
are still able to participate in extracurricular activities compared to those
who have a 9 to 5 office job and don’t. Yes, being a medical intern can take up
so much of your time, but if you find an activity that can best manage your
stress – such as martial arts, yoga, dancing, you will surely make time for it
regardless of how hectic your schedule is.

If you’re still looking for ways on how to
destress, look for an activity you really like doing. It can be reading a book
in a café, knitting, or fishing. As long as it’s something you enjoy, it’s
going to be good for you by changing your mind and helping you relax.

Workout Sessions

Although medical interns work in different
and sometimes erratic hours, it will seem that it’s impossible to get some time
off to work out. Though running around the hospital is workout enough, getting
30 more minutes of it can’t hurt. Home workout videos are usually the best
option as going to the gym takes more time and effort.


Being a medical intern entails running
around the hospital, continuously looking after patients, chasing after
attending physicians to get all medical reports signed, and getting all the lab
works done on time for the clinic to check on. These are just the normal tasks
that can take a toll on your body. 

Try to stay as comfortable as you can.
Drink plenty of watertostayhydrated, change dirty scrubs, wear comfortable
footwear, and bring a handkerchief at all times. You don’t have to sport any
designer wears. They don’t matter especially when you start hustling.


Interns are assigned to take care of many
different patients – usually those that the doctors are keeping a good eye on.
You need to stay healthy in order to watch over your patients. The run-around
in the hospital will leave you sore.

So, make sure you prepare a good pain
reliever. If you’re not getting the right nutrition you need, taking dietary
supplements to address your personal health issues is the best thing you can

Don’t wait for you to catch a cold or get
an asthma attack. Multivitamins should be a staple in your kitchen cabinet.
Other health boosters like the supplement
probiotics, and fish oils, green tea, coffee or protein drinks should also be
available just in case. Remember, attending physicians or even the
resident-in-charge will never pull make-up sessions just because you got sick.
So try to stay on top of your health so you do not miss any of your internship




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