Like I mentioned in my post about the resources I used to study for the Internal Medicine EOR, this rotation actually ended up being my favorite so far. I loved every moment of the rotation, especially my preceptors! I saw amazingly complex patients with multiple co-morbidities, and my preceptors let me manage them almost completely on my own with only a small amount of input from them. Since I loved this rotation so much, I thought it might be helpful if I shared my top 5 tips for survive Internal Medicine with you guys! The first three tips are actually the tips my preceptor gave me the first week, and I just found them so helpful.
I recently finished up inpatient (internal) medicine and it was my absolute favorite rotation so far. I was really worried about it going into the rotation – internal medicine can be very stressful and the medicine can be very complex – but I ended up having a wonderful time and learning SO much! I was at a hospital in lower socioeconomic area of DC, which means that my patients had a lot of medical co-morbidities and that was daunting at first, but my preceptors were very enthusiastic about teaching. I was able to handle my own set of patients almost entirely on my own with very minimal direction by my preceptors. It really did wonders for my confidence and I feel like I learned so much.
There were a couple of resources I kept in my pocket throughout the rotation that ended up being extremely helpful, and here is a list of them with the reasons why.
Currently, Medelita is devoting the entire month of November to mentor-mentee relationships, and I immediately thought of Sarah when they asked me to talk about my own relationship with a mentor. She has truly been a rock of support throughout my entire PA school adventure, from the application process to didactic year to clinical year, and I am so thankful to have found her. She has become one of the first people I turn to in life, and I actually went to her wedding earlier this year. Medelita even gave me the opportunity to show my appreciation for all that she has done by gifting her with an embroidered white coat! How amazing is that?! I’ll update this post with pictures of how great she looks in it once she receives it.
Be sure to head over to the Medelita Blog to check out my article on why its so important to find a mentor as a PA student and comment below on your own experiences with a mentor.
My Internal Medicine EOR went the best out of the three EORs that I have taken so far in clinical year, and I think a huge portion of that is due to the patients that I saw during my six weeks. It was so helpful to be able to read the scenario during the exam, and say “yep, I saw that!”. One of the more challenging aspects of these exams for me is that they don’t actually test you on the patients that you saw in clinic, but rather what the PAEA thinks that you should have learned. This is why I’ve found it important to make a study plan from the start and come up with goals to complete every day. I talked about how I made a study plan for the EOR a couple of posts back, but I did change it up a little bit by reviewing the sections that are most important (Cardio, Pulm, Ortho/Rheum, GI) right before the exam rather than the material I struggled with. And I think this worked really well for me!
Like always, I created my EOR chart and this was the main way I studied for the exam. This chart ended up taking me about 2 weeks to complete, because I’m also studying the topics that my preceptors give me in clinic.
So what resources did I use?
As individuals in the medical field, we’ve all had busy weeks – whether its full of back to back 12-hour shifts, exam week, or even just a typical week when everything seems to go wrong. And we all know what it’s like to have absolutely no desire to cook because of how busy we are. Honestly, this happens to me a lot! Whenever I get stressed, I get so obsessive over how I spend my time during the day, and often times, I end up getting junk food instead of eating something healthy – simply because it’s fast and convenient. That’s why I was so excited to partner this week with Freshly – a company that sends healthy, pre-cooked alternatives straight to your door! It takes away the stress of having to cook, but keeps the healthiness of no artificial preservatives or ingredients! Freshly sent me four meals in exchange that I share my honest experience with you guys. And let me tell you, this week with my Inpatient EOR coming up, it was a welcomed opportunity!
My Pediatric EOR went a lot more smoothly than my Primary Care EOR, and I think a huge contributor to that was the study plan that I had developed! From day 1 of the rotation, I created a list of goals (typically around 3) that I wanted to accomplish each day. It kept me focused and helped me pinpoint what I still needed to cover. I talked about how I made a study plan for the EOR a couple of posts back, and I followed that to a tee. I reviewed the material I struggled with the most first, and then re-reviewed those topics during the last week.