Here some tips that can help students (hint-hint, second years) do well on any rotation.
- Attitude is EVERYTHING. Just a smile or a good morning to the staff can go a long way and create a positive foundation for the rest of the workday.
- Be OKAY with making mistakes. As medical students, we are programmed to be “perfect.” But I think that a big part of being a medical student is making mistakes because it allows for learning opportunities. No one can fault you for noting your mistakes, learning from them, and making an effort to not repeat them again.
- Have an open mind. I know it’s hard for me to say that because I came into medical school really knowing what I wanted to do in the future. However, I still went into each rotation knowing that I could take some part of that profession with me to use in my future practice.
- Have fun!! Remember that these are the years you will look back on and laugh about the silly memories. I know that there are exams, stressors, and obstacles at the moment, but know that the bad is temporary and the good can be everlasting.
I hope that these tips are helpful for your future and current rotations! If you have any additional advice to add, comment them down below.