How to be a good medical student in the clinic

This post is an expansion on an answer I wrote on Quora on what makes a great medical student in the clinic. It’s very similar for interns and junior residents so I thought I’d share it here.

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Learn

It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again. The learning curve, when you’re alone to take care of around a hundred patients, is steep. Learning by doing is even truer than ever. Making the best of it is very important.

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Staying Healthy While On Call

Every once in a while, we must be reminded of what health is exactly. As you probably know by now, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO definition).

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First Night On Call: How To Prepare

Hopefully, unlike my situation, you’ll have time to prepare for your first night on call. It can be so stressful that many forget to bring some essentials with them. Here’s a list on what to bring with you.

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Medical Apps For Starting Residency (iOS)

Our apps are good, but they don’t cover every aspect of a resident’s required app collection. Here are my recommended apps for iOS.

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The Story

I started working on MD on Call at the end of my first year of residency while I was still fresh from the steep learning curve of that demanding year. During that year, I had struggled with many little things that I never thought would become an issue.

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6 Tips for Being a Good Teacher

Teaching is part of a resident’s role. It’s also part of a practicing physician’s role — even those not working in academic centers. Unfortunately, it’s a topic very often overlooked in medical school.

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Giving Feedback

As with teaching, giving constructive feedback is an important skill to gain. Here are a few tips to make it easier. As a bonus, it’s an acronym. We all like acronyms!

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Starting Residency: Some Free Online Resources

MD on Call and Lanthier are good tools to use to get started, but residency is not just medical; it’s also everything else around medicine. Learning, teaching, preparing for your own practice. Here’s a list of resources I came across that may be of interest to fans of our apps.

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Documentation

When on call, it’s not unusual to see a patient, write an order and quickly move on to the next pressing issue, forgetting to write a note in the patient’s chart.

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Communication

Communication is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of medicine. We need to communicate with lots of people with different knowledge and backgrounds. It’s easier said than done.

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