Pardon my ignorance, but I'm starting a SubI in pediatrics and later in medicine and wondering what my responsibilities are. Do I have authority to write orders or do I have to get an intern to write them? Are all of my patients followed by an intern too, or am I the primary contact person for these patients? Do I have to ask my chief resident or intern if its OK to draw blood or start an IV or something or can I just do those on my own without telling them? Do I get paged by the nurses about these pateitns or do they page the intern? When I admit new patients is there going to be an intern shadowing me like in basic clerkships or can I just go down the ED by myself and do everything from H&P to admission orders without their interference? Whats the difference between a SubI and a regular intern? Is it just the number of patients we carry or what?