As a resident physician, my colleagues and I get the privilege of working with many medical students both in their third and fourth years of medical school. I think I am biased when I say that their OBGYN Rotation is probably the most fun that they have had! I thought that this blog would be a good way to give some tips to those that have yet to start their rotation so that they too can have fun while learning on this tough rotation.
OBGYN rotations are different depending on the institution. Some locations will have students rotate through different sub-rotations such as clinic, gyn-surgery, in addition to labor and delivery. Others will have students just do 2-4 weeks of various rotations. Regardless of how the rotation is set up, the basis of how students can succeed will be the same! So let’s get started.
- Be involved. As a student, it can be difficult to know how and when to get involved given the fast-paced and high-stress nature of the field. But there are many ways to be helpful to your resident physicians. For example, updating the team on various labs and images that have come in. Volunteering to see patients in the clinic when they arrive or helping the staff with patients that are done with their surgery can all be ways to make yourself involved.
- Show interest. Even if OBGYN is not a specialty that you would be interested in applying for as a student, there are many aspects of the field that you would be able to use in your future profession so absorb as much as you can. Taking care of your patients, implementing your bedside manner, and working in teams are all skills that are necessary for any specialty so practice them as much as you can!
- Practice your surgical skills! OBGYN is a great field where you can practice your knots, suturing, and operating. As a student the more you know, the more you will be given to do so I encourage you to practice prior to and during your rotation.
I hope that these tips are helpful to you when you start your OBGYN rotation. As a student, these are the years that you can learn and make mistakes so use them to your advance so that you are ready for residency when the time comes!
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