If you haven’t read part one, I highly recommend it. Without further ado, let’s get into the good stuff!
- Be willing to take on extra patients. Ask your residents and attendings how many patients they’d like you to carry. Try to keep it even between your classmates so you don’t look like a gunner—trust me, residents and attendings can see straight through a gunner. However, being willing and offering to take a new patient is a great way to stand out in a positive way.
- Ask for actionable feedback, and be open to it. This was something my attendings really respected about me. I made it a point to meet with them and ask for actionable feedback. I truly wanted to learn, and be a better version of myself at the end of the rotation. It reflected on my evaluations. Granted, you won’t always have attendings who are willing, but the worst that can happen is they say “no.” Having open dialogue and feedback allows the attending to feel more comfortable in helping you become a better physician-to-be.
- Study for the NBME Shelf Exams. Why? Because they are hard! This was something I wish I did more of, but bottom line—studying for the shelf exams is just plain hard. Do your best, and just know any studying you do will help toward Step 2!
- Be yourself, and be kind to yourself. This is something I think is also really important. Why? You’re going to be miserable for an entire year if you can’t be yourself and if you constantly mold yourself to be what you think others want you to be. Also, take care of yourself! If you love to write, keep making time to write. If you love to work out, continue working out. Make time for yourself because the last thing you want is to burn out on medicine before you’ve even started your career.
- Treat each rotation like it’s what you want to pursue. This piece of advice is money which is why I saved the best for last. Each person in their field thinks it’s the best field of medicine. They are passionate and love what they do, or at least that’s what you hope. Be open minded, and ask meaningful questions when appropriate. You never know what field of medicine may be for you and what you will learn in the process.
I hope third year clinical rotations are successful for you as you navigate through this experience—happy rotating!