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8 Tips to Make You a Valuable Team Player During Clinical Rotations

By |2019-08-19T14:29:41-04:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , , |

Your clinical placement is one of the biggest steps of your medical career so far. It’s very important that you bring value to your team to maximize your worth during clinical rotations. Want to know how? Keep reading… 8 Tips to Make You a Valuable Team Player During Clinical Rotations 8 Ways to Maximize Your Value During Clinical Placements Want to succeed and maximize your value within the clinical environment? Use the following eight tips to make you an asset to your team during clinical rotations: 1. Be Thorough Make sure to do a thorough workup on your assigned patients. Think about all labs, tests and imaging studies you want [...]

Medical Student Specialties: How Can You Specialize in Diabetes?

By |2019-06-21T17:10:01-04:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources, Residency Resources, Videos|Tags: , , , |

Are you a medical student interested in specializing in diabetes? Do you dream of helping people reverse Type 2 or take control of Type 1? Let’s examine three fields of study that specialize in helping patients manage this blood sugar disease. Valuable Tips & Resources to Help You Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK 3 Types of Doctors That Specialize in Treating Diabetes What is diabetes? It’s a disease that sets in when blood sugar, also known as blood glucose, becomes too high. Patients are prescribed a hormone created by the pancreas called insulin. This medication helps their systems produce glucose through foods. The glucose makes its [...]

Top Pre-Med, Medical Student & Graduate Resources: June 2019 Edition

By |2019-05-31T21:01:55-04:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Becoming a Doctor After High School, Blog Post Roundups, Clinical Rotations Resources, Diversity In Medicine, Foreign Graduates & Doctors, Getting Into Medical School, Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , , |

MedSmarter Blog Roundup June 2019 Hot Blog Topics You May Have Missed We've been working hard behind the scenes to bring you quality blog posts each week. Some have become hot topics among our readers. Here are a few hot posts written just for you that we think you should check out. 2019 Summer Medical Internships for High School Students Who Want to Become Doctors Know a teen planning to pursue a career in medicine? There are summer research programs that offer medical internships for high school students. So, teens can start preparing for to become doctors now, while still in school. [...]

Learn How to Get the Best Out of Your Clinical Rotations

By |2019-05-31T19:37:03-04:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , |

After all the hours you’ve put into attending med school, it’s finally time to explore medicine outside the classroom. You’re ready to explore the adventures of working in healthcare environments. But how do you get the best out of your clinical rotations, so you become an awesome doctor someday? Using Clinical Placements to Land a Prime Residency Interacting with real patients is something all medical students dream of doing. Also known as clerkships, clinical rotations give you chances to make long-lasting impressions on attendings, residents, directors, nurses and other hospital staff. Excelling during your clinical placement could lead to a prime residency placement! In 2015, the American Osteopathic Association published a study. It [...]

3 Types of Residents You’ll Grow to Love (or Hate) During Med School

By |2019-05-31T19:20:51-04:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|

As a medical student, there’s a bit of nervousness that comes over you when you know you’re about to be assigned a new resident. There are different types of residents, and you never know which one you’ll get. You wonder if it’s a man or a woman. Will the person be nice or mean? Is the person known for assigning nothing but grunt work to med school students? Can you actually learn some valuable things from this resident? Some residents make their students write all of their progress notes for them. Others leave them unsupervised, so they can leave early for a night out on the town or study for board exams. Then, [...]

Working in Silos: 5 Lessons Nurses Can Teach Med School Students

By |2019-05-31T19:23:38-04:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , |

'Working in silos' is a phrase often used in the healthcare industry. The Silo Mentality refers to the mindset that leads certain departments to withhold information from others involved in the care of a patient or medical study. This leads to a reduction in efficiency and morale, which contributes to a demise in the clinical structure and culture as a whole. As a medical student, you need to understand the value of working in sync with others around you, including nurses. Working in Silos: 5 Lessons Nurses Can Teach Med School Students. Image by David Mark from Pixabay Doctors & Nurses: Working in Sync for Quality Patient Care How did this practice [...]

Doctor-Nurse Communication: Learn to Work Together Now in Med School

By |2019-05-31T19:23:56-04:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , |

Doctor-nurse communication and relationships play important roles in quality healthcare. As a future doctor, it's important to understand that you and the nurses around you will need each other. Together, you are a team! When doctors become commanding and controlling, the team becomes dysfunctional. So, you need to learn to communicate with nurses now, as a med student, before you start practicing medicine. Doctor-Nurse Communication Helps Drive High-Quality Patient Care. Image Source: Travel Nurse Source Doctor-Nurse Communication: Why Doctors Should Listen to Nurses More In a normal hospital situation, the patient care team is made up of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This list includes med students doing clinical rotations, [...]

10 Mistakes Med Students Make During Clinical Rotations – Part 2

By |2019-05-31T19:24:52-04:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , |

How to Succeed in Clinical Rotations for Medical Students This is a 2-part series. Please click the link below to read part 1. Read Part 1 How to Succeed in Clinical Rotations for Medical Students. Photo by Pranidchakan Boonrom from Pexels 10 Mistakes Med Students Make During Clinical Rotations - Part 2 6. Disrespecting Nurses One of the biggest mistakes many med school students make during clinical rotations is being disrespectful or rude to nurses. Being cordial to the women and men who assist physicians and care for patients most makes your job simpler, now and in the future. This is especially true for the nurses you work with, as [...]

10 Mistakes Med Students Make During Clinical Rotations – Part 1

By |2019-05-31T19:25:06-04:00April 13th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , |

No matter the profession, mistakes are bound to happen. We all make them. However, as a professional, you must try your hardest to avoid them. Even during clinical rotations for medical students, there are common mistakes you can avoid altogether. People look up to you because they expect you to be flawless. During your training as a medical student, there are occasions when mistakes inevitably happen. Mishaps may happen during your first few years of study. But many common mistakes occur during your clinical years. When these issues come up, don’t be afraid to consult a mentor or anyone else in your training hierarchy on how to handle the situation. After all, they [...]

10 Tips for Developing Good Bedside Manner as a Med School Student

By |2019-05-31T19:27:12-04:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources, Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , , |

Becoming a doctor requires attending medical school, passing USMLEs, gaining clinical experience, and landing a residency in your field.  Being a good doctor means learning how to respect the nurses you work with and providing patients with good bedside manner. Once your clinical rotations begin, you’ll need to learn how to thoroughly assess patients quickly. Starting intravenous lines and inserting gastric tubes will become regularly tasks. These and other types of procedures tend to make patients uncomfortable and nervous. That’s why it’s so important that you develop interpersonal skills that are strong enough to put patients at ease. This is known as good bedside manner in the medical industry. How to [...]


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