For the month of June, I had the awesome opportunity to help with Orientation Clerkship for the third year medical students at my school through a work study job. The orientation clerkship, or the “O.C.” as the Family Medicine Office likes to call it (although, for me, this just conjures up images of a teen sitcom on Fox network from high school), has been in place at my school for over a decade and consists of two, two-week sessions that are further broken into two, one week long rotations: a week of procedural workshops and a week of clinical skills. The crazy schedule coordinating with the various preceptors, departments, and the Clinical Competency Center at the college and hospital, setting up and breaking down of supplies for workshops, and paperwork that ultimately determines a student’s grade in the pass/fail course is seamlessly and enthusiastically prepared and orchestrated by the Family Med Office, and it was my pleasure to be a part of that team this year.
My friend Joseph, the other work study student, and I spent the majority of our time running from session to session ensuring that everything was set up the way it should be and ran smoothly. And when I say we ran, I mean it! We made a game of seeing who could get the most steps in each day using a pedometer app on our phones, and getting over 15,000 steps before the end of our eight hour work day was definitely the norm! We also got to meet and work with a lot of the faculty and other staff at the hospital we had not yet interacted with since coming to Albany Med.
I now have a much a higher level of respect for the college and everything it takes to make a single teaching session or workshop happen. There is so much more work that goes on behind the scenes that I ever could have imagined. For example, to set up a single CPR training session, it required eight CPR instructors who brought three models (adult, child, and infant) for each student to practice on, staff from the Clinical Competency Center to bring the six high-tech CPR models that linked to the computer and run the session to give students live-time feedback on their CPR skills, and us two work study students to assist with setting up, grading post-course quizzes, and filling out the CPR cards for the students to take with them. That’s at least twelve people and a hundred models to keep track of for one week alone! Our role on the team may have seemed trivial, but with that many moving parts, each role, including ours, was essential to ensure the third year students received the training they needed to be better prepared to approach third year.
Perhaps the greatest part of helping with the O.C. was getting a glimpse into what is to come in the future. Joseph and I had a blast learning our way around the hospital, placing IVs in each other, learning CPR, and more—skills we won’t see again until the following year at our own O.C. rotation.
I can’t wait to be on the brink of clinical rotations and applying those clinical skills at this time next year, but before then, there is much to be learned in second year, which begins this Monday!