Wow, I can’t believe that I got the email to set up my rotations. I can’t believe that in a few short months I will be taking my boards and starting my clinical rotations. In medical school, we have generally two years of didactics and two years of clerkships (basically seeing patients in the clinic/hospital with residents and attendings).
Since our school provides a modification to that curriculum, I have had the privilege of working with a family medicine physician during my second year weekly to see patients and provide diagnosis. It has helped a lot to settle my nerves before I enter my clerkships in third-year. There are core clerkships and electives. Core clerkships (depending on the school) are family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, psychiatry, and pediatrics. Our school also allows us to take 3 electives in whatever field we want, wherever we want! At the end of each clerkship, we take what is called a shelf exam where we are tested on our knowledge about that specific field.
I am really excited to be putting together my schedule for the upcoming months because it gives me the motivation to conquer the boards and put my skills to practice. Who else is starting their rotations soon?