I have just completed one month of residency and this is the main thing so far that I have found that is different from being a medical student...
As a medical student I usually felt somewhat justified when I didn't know something. I mean, after all, I'm only a student! I'm still learning! Now, I just feel like an idiot almost 24 hours per day. I mean, I second guess almost every little thing I do. I'm not even comfortable giving someone tylenol. I nearly poop myself any time a nurse wants me to make a decision about a patient. But that's okay. All part of growing up. Besides, at least the hospital has to do my scrub laundry.
Now, completely off topic is my patient-resident conversation of the day, or I guess of the year judging by how well I have been keeping up...
Patient high on Benzos while I'm irrigating a giant laceration on her arm: (jumping off the table)What the @$#%!
Me: Oh, sorry, did that hurt?
Patient: No! Don't you realize that my dress isn't squirt proof?!?
Me: Uh, what?
Patient: Shut up! I'm trying to sleep!
Me: Yes mam.
That's right people. Another life saved.