Hey there guys!
I hope all of you are in good health.
First of all, thank you so much for such a great feedback.
I’m sharing this one suggestion from a current intern, who suggests to keep an extra pair of clothes in the 🎒; ‘While this may sound really great, I think you won’t really be needing an extra set of Tee in your bag because, Firstly you wouldn’t be working, not more than a 24hr shift. And, if you happen to drop something onto yourself you’ve got the apron to cover it’. Again it depends on your personal needs. Though I’m not sure if you’d want to change in a hospital washroom.
All of us have been anxious about; which department will we be going first to, how it’s going to be there. Which one should I pick if I got the choice. Haven’t we?
The question arise which rotation is ideal, which department you should start your internship with and end. One school of thought is, you should start with your favorite specialty. While other is you should begin with the lighter ones and end with heavy ones. I’d say it totally depends on you. It may depend on your favorite department, your friends, like which rotation they are talking, whether you are preparing for a certain exam, when’s that exam due and you’d like certain time off during the exam, and certain other personal factors .
I’m here gonna give you an overview to help you decide, pick your ideal rotation.
When I was choosing my rotation, my seniors advised me to pick General Medicine first, because it’s considered one the heaviest (heavy in terms of work load and patient inflow), and turns out a lot of people wanted Medicine 1st, we a group of friends wanted to take a rotation together so we ended up picking Community Medicine ( Preventive and Social Medicine) first. And, that turned out a great decision for me as well as my friends.
We started with less patient exposure at UHTC followed by, acting as an independent doctor/Leader at RHTC, followed by all the heavy considered posting Gen. Medicine, Gen Surgery, Obstetrics & gynecology… ended with just lighter ones like ENT and Ophthalmology
We learned the basics at Community medicine, so we didn’t enter General Medicine blank, similarly before we went on to General Surgery and OBGYN, we had General medicine knowledge which gave us an edge. By October we were done with all the heavier ones and now we had more time to study for the exam coming in January. Also we had our last posting just the OPD based ones. By the end of internship year you do start to exhaust somewhat. Ending with lighter ones was a great decision, that gave us the time to complete our documentation right before the official end. That’s about how we did it.
Here’s some points you should keep in mind while picking your rotation, remember there is no hard and fast rule, eventually you have to go through all of it.
- I suggest you should take a rotation with your friends. There will be times when you can’t make it to work due to some reason, you need your friend to cover for you. Also working along with your friends is more fun. Do keep your personal and professional life separate.
- Plan the year in advance, like at a certain time you need some time off, consider having a rotation that gives you off at that time, believe me at every college there are some super strict departments, while others are some super chill.
- If you are preparing for a certain exam, plan accordingly, lighter posting a couple months before the exam and heavier after the exam. That gives you more time to study.
- If you have already decided a speciality, picking your rotation in that order would be better. You would want to enter your favorite department with all the enthusiasm and energy. Don’t plan too much on this. Usually internship happens to change your perspective.
- If you get to choose a rotation, that’s great. Turns out you were allotted a different one take it as a challenge and nail it.
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Don’t miss out the orientation program.
Almost every hospital organizes an orientation program for new coming interns. Don’t miss out on that. Even if you think you know all that the programme is going to cover. Even if you just did your BLS and ACLS courses. Do attend the orientation. Not only it will be giving you an overview and teach you some basic skills, it will also introduce you to the doctors and other staff from different departments. Every department has certain rules you need to abide by and orientation is the best way for you to gather all the information.
Lemme know if there’s a particular department you’d like to read about.
Next coming up a little lengthy post on one of the heavy rotation. Stay tuned.
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