We’re all medical students. Some more organized than others, but we’ve all made it this far. I go through cycles of being super organized and then just letting it all go. But now that I’ve started clinical rotations, I am definitely having to step up my organization game. To keep up with your doctor’s schedule, meetings, assignments for your preceptor, assignments for your school, and whatever other extra-curricular you have going on…organization is key.
Phone or computer calendars are great, but I really just prefer an actual physical planner. There is something about physically writing things down and flipping through a book to look at dates that helps me stay on top of things. And it is oh so satisfying to cross something off when you completed it.
I also have a little mini calendar that I put in my white coat. I’ll jot things down that I need to look up and write down times and dates that come up on the spot. It looks a lot better to your attending if you are physically writing things down rather than typing them on your phone. You definitely don’t want to look like you’re texting while you are out on rotations.
This method of having (two) physical planners has really helped me out and taken off a lot of stress that rotations can come with. Your brain is already going crazy trying to learn and memorize everything that you hear, so having a planner for other things really helps you out.