I just finished my Emergency Medicine rotation, and I seriously LOVED every minute of it. I was at a busy, Level 1 trauma in the center of DC and it was such a great learning experience! While sometimes it could be challenging to get hands-on procedural experience – there are a LOT of residents also vying for these opportunities – I really enjoyed being at a teaching hospital. I felt like being at a teaching hospital meant that everyone I came across, whether they were a tech or a specialty attending, wanted to actually teach me! It also seriously helped that this hospital color codes us, so every student wore green scrubs and we were instantly identified as slightly lost individuals.
Day one I get to my rotation and I instantly feel so overwhelmed. This rotation was my first at this hospital, and there are a TON of medical students who do pretty much all of their rotations at there (so they really know their way around).
I think I wore my white coat for about 30 minutes before I decided it was more of a hassle than a help. So for the rest of my rotation I ended up keeping all of my resources in my two (very sad) scrub pockets. Here’s a look a what I carried around with me.