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How to Honor 3rd Year Rotations

Posted by medliorator on May 26, 2010

A few tips for your 3rd year rotations from Graham Walker, MD …

1. Be enthusiastic. Energy is contagious, and we all need more of it in medicine. Bring it to your rotations! Even if you’re not interested in, say, surgery, look for a particular aspect that you do find interesting. Help out where you can. Volunteer to do more. It goes a long way.

2. Avoid complaining. As hard as you’re working (and I’m sure you are!), your residents are working even harder (or at least have more responsibilities and are balancing more spinning plates). It’s fine to join in when people are venting about how big your team’s census is getting, but you won’t be winning any points by saying how rough your job is. (We all know scut sucks, but if you don’t do it, your resident will be doing it for you.)

3. Anticipate tasks that need to be done. Once you’ve spent a week or two on a service, you can start to see some patterns: calling for a nutrition consult, getting social work involved, collecting a patient’s list of home medications, and requesting the old chart. Surprise your resident by thinking ahead, and you’ll be at the head of the pack.

10. Come up with your own patient assessment and treatment plan. …show your colleagues that you’re thinking and learning. You’ll sometimes be wrong, but you’re supposed to be wrong, right? Otherwise there’d be no reason to go through medical school and residency.

How Can I Distinguish Myself on Clinical Rotations? [Medscape]

CorollaryClinical Years – Acting the Part

CorollaryHow to Master Humility on the Wards

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