An intern is a term used for a doctor in training who has completed medical school. An intern has a medical degree, but does not have a full license to practice medicine unsupervised and so are taught by their residents and attendings.

Interns in a medical residency are also known as medical interns, while interns in a surgical residency are known as surgical interns.

Surgical Interns and Their ResidentsEdit

The interns are listed under their residents according to their season of introduction.

Season 1Edit


Bailey's interns.

Seasons 4 and 5Edit


The interns of Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens and Alex Karev as they are chosen to be given to George

Season 8Edit

Seasons 9 and 10Edit


The season 9 interns were all assigned to unknown residents.

Seasons 11 to 13Edit

Season 14Edit

The season 14 interns are currently assigned to an unknown resident.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • According to Bailey, ER interns don't know the ass from the esophagus.
  • Bailey has described her former interns as such: Alex was lazy, Izzie was whiny, Meredith was downright depressing, and Cristina was annoying. In the first episode, Bailey said, "George O'Malley is a puppy." Later, she said George was her favorite.
  • Curiously, the season 9 interns were always on the services of attending surgeons. In earlier seasons, interns were always seen assisting their residents rather than being on an attending's service.
  • Throughout the course of the series, all of Bailey's interns have been on the operating table at least once.
  • According to Callie, psych interns aren't the sharpest.
  • It's unknown how it gets decided which resident interns get assigned to. Over the course of the series, residents from different years have been assigned interns.
    • In the first season, the five interns get assigned to Bailey, a fourth year resident at the time.
    • In season four, the new interns get assigned to second year residents.
    • In season seven, Alex mentions having interns.
    • In season eight, Lexie is assigned interns in her fourth year.
    • In season eleven, Stephanie first is assigned interns while in her fifth year, whereas Jo hadn't ever been assigned interns.
  • While a medical intern is also a first-year internal medicine resident, Grey's Anatomy utilizes the term surgical intern for first-year surgical residents.
  • In order to practice unsupervised medicine as a resident, an intern must pass the final part of United States Medical Licensing Exam, otherwise known as the Intern Test.

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