For me (and for most people), Clinical year has been a thousand times better than Didactic year. I didn’t enjoy sitting in a classroom and getting lectured to every day. After I while I struggled to be able to imagine myself treating patients with the knowledge I was learning, because I felt like it had been so long since I had actually interacted with a patient.
But as much as I was looking forward to Clinical year and going back to seeing patients, I was also terrified. Would I actually be able to remember all the things I was taught during Didatics? How would I make sure to impress my preceptors – their evaluations would make up a huge portion of my grade! I wanted to succeed, and I wanted to be successful from the moment I started rotations.
This is something I think a lot of students can relate to (mainly because I get asked some variation of this question all the time). So I finally sat down and wrote down my tips for succeeding during clinical year.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these tips, and what you did to succeed during rotations!