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The Department of Medicine’s interns are taking another plunge into the deep end as they transition into upper level residents. The JARS conference brought them together to celebrate this accomplishment as well as reiterate that their first year of residency has taught them how to swim.

Dr. Katie Allen, outpatient chief resident, who is helping guide the interns to success, remembers the challenges that come along with the second year.

“I honestly think this is one of the hardest transitions in residency,” Dr. Allen said. “When you become an upper level you are really leading the team and you’re guiding not only your interns and medical students but also your attending.”

From left to right: Dr. Daniel Duddleston WakeMed Chief Resident, Dr. Mike Croglio Inpatient Chief Resident Dr. Katie Allen Outpatient Chief Resident, Dr. Monty Williams Inpatient Chief Resident

On Friday, the doctors in training participated in breakout sessions to give them a glimpse of their new responsibilities. They demonstrated bedside care, worked through communicating with patients and discussed ways to give as well as receive feedback.

Dr. Safiyya Adam, soon to be an upper level med-ped resident, said she has seen these practices being done, but now feels like JARS gave her the stamp of approval to go do them herself.

Dr. Safiyya Adams at JARS Conference




“It’s little bits of training on how to do what you’re about to do while having folks empower you to do those things,” Dr. Adams said. “It’s been really nice to have all these people who have been doing this for many years sit you down and say, yes you sometimes feel like you are being thrown to the wolves but there is support throughout this process.”

The second year of residency is another step towards becoming a practicing physician. The interns will officially transition into upper levels on June 24th. Dr. Mike Croglio, inpatient chief resident, said JARS gives them the building blocks to become a spokesperson for their future team.

“You realize when you become a second year and the new interns come just how much you have learned in the past year,” Dr. Croglio said. “So, JARS is really focused on the logistics and non-medical skills that you have to employ as an upper level.”

At JARS, the interns received white coats with their names imprinted for the first time. Soon, they will be teaching others how to keep their heads above water.

“I’m excited to get to work with new interns and get to help them through the process like our upper levels have helped us through,” Dr. Adam said. “Also, I’m looking forward to be able to take on more responsibility.”