Our @uchipritzker students start clinical clerkships this week. It's not #tipsfornewdocs but if you have tips for students on clerkships please share them! #tipsfornewMS3
Here were a few of mine in a short thread.
#medtwitter #meded
*Talk to the nurses every day- they are your teachers too. seriously!
*Help your residents- you're an important asset to them, trust me...especially to our new interns who don't know where the bathrooms are or where to get coffee. They need you a lot right now.
*Listen to your patient- they have the clues you need. Ask them what questions do you have and what matters to them?
*Teach your patients every day. Many of our patients might not know their plan for the day or why they are in the hospital so it's good to overcommunicate!
*Advocate for improving quality, safety and value? Does your team need labs? every day? Does your patient need a Foley catheter or telemetry? Ask yourself about the things we do for no reason.
*As confusing as it is moving from rotation to rotation and attending to attending, don't forget to cherish the front row seat to the lives and health issues of patients you may not see again. Delivering a baby or sewing up a patient in the OR- things I did as an MS3 I remember!
*Remember each other. Medicine is a collaboration and not a competition and humans are our most precious resource. While the focus is on patients, it can feel less on you...make sure you look out for each other. After all, it's your peers you will always remember most.

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