How to Excel in Your Clinical Rotations
- December 9, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Clinical Rotations
We interviewed our most successful students and found out the following to be the biggest factors for their achievement! Take a look.
- Make an impression on your preceptor.
Preceptors want to develop relationships with their students that perform well during rotation, and go the extra mile. Our suggestion: use the weekend before you start to research your preceptor. Here’s a tip: Find any research he or she is involved in and bring them up to them on the first day.
- Network with your peers
The students on rotation with you are one of the most valuable resources that students don’t use. Ask questions. Study together. Have lunch together.
Here’s a tip: Organize a dinner or coffee event on the weekend.
- Be positive!
Be a team player. If you decide to be cutthroat, or selfish, everyone will notice. Go in with a great attitude every day. It’s infectious… (See what we did there)
- Read, no seriously…READ!
During clinical rotations, handbooks will be helpful. You will basically be scanning these books for important notes about signs, symptoms, diagnosis, anatomy, treatment, etc.
- Have the basics on you at all times!
Always carry with you the appropriate supplies: pen/pencil, pad, penlight, stethoscope, reflex hammer, and of course your white coat.
- Dress for the job you want!
Always strive to look presentable. Tip: Follow the dress code of your preceptor.
- Always take notes. ALWAYS!
Remember it doesn’t end after clinical rotations. You have much to look forward to including the USMLE and residency. We recommend that you take notes of all the cases that you encounter every day. This is especially important for interview prepping.
- Play by the rules!
Always follow the rules and regulations of the hospital or clinic during clinical rotations and always wear your identification tag. Also, make sure you arrive on time every day. It’s underrated but crucial.
- Study for your STEP exams every day
As an international medical student or graduate, this is the number one factor that residency programs use when determining who they interview.
Tip: Form a study group with your peers.
For more advice! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org