My internship 'sans' residents



During internship, newly graduated doctors practice under supervision to apply knowledge and skills along with a proper, ethical attitude in the treatment of patients. The Government Medical College, Thrissur, located in Kerala, India, was started in the year 1981. The institution did not have postgraduate students / residents for several years during the initial phase. In this article the author describes his internship experience at the institution in the nineties. There were advantages to not having residents in terms of greater opportunities for patient care and for ‘doing’ different procedures. Closer relationships were forged with faculty members. The drawback was the lack of a group of doctors closer to oneself in age and training who could provide practical tips and advice from a near-peer perspective.


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Author Biography

P Ravi Shankar

Dr Shankar is a faculty member at the IMU Centre for Education, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Dr Shankar had started a Medical Humanities module in Pokhara, Nepal and initiated and sustained a module for over five years at KIST Medical College, Lalitpur, Nepal. He has facilitated Medical Humanities modules at Aruba and Saint Lucia. He is a reviewer for a number of journals. He is a PSGFAIMER Fellow in Health Professions Education. He has a keen interest in the medical humanities and in creative writing, photography and trekking. 






How to Cite

Shankar, P. R. (2021). My internship ’sans’ residents . Research and Humanities in Medical Education, 8, 60–62. Retrieved from



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