“The most important thing to do is find a good hiding place.”

This was the first piece of advice I was given by my surgery intern, Day One of third year. It was an inauspicious start to an uninspiring clerkship, but eventually, I did find different hiding places in the hospital. The corner of the cafeteria was a good one, because it was isolated, but had high ceilings and large windows that let in the sun. A conference room with closed doors afforded some relief from the constant dinging of telemetry monitors and bed alarms. The hospital library, which could only be accessed through the basement, was a two-building trek away but guaranteed no one would find you. One of my interns wrote her notes in the night float call room and another in the geriatric common room.

Where do you go for solace in your hospital?

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