250 Biggest Mistakes 3rd Year Medical Students Make and how to Avoid Them, Part 441

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MD2B, 2007 - Medical - 232 pages
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"Learn the secrets that set apart the honors from the average medical student In a survey of program directors in 14 specialties, "grades in required clerkships" was the most important academic criterion used to select residents (Wagoner 1999). Also highly valued were the number of honors grades earned. Knowing this, thousands of medical students start their clerkships every year with tremendous enthusiasm and energy, spend long days in the hospital, and work hard, only to be disappointed in the results. Why? The reason is that many of them overlook a critical step, one that prevents them from reaching their full potential during clerkships. What is that step? They haven't learned how to make the transition between the basic science and clinical years of medical school. Many clerkship directors, faculty members, and residents feel that students are not adequately prepared for clerkships. In a survey of clerkship directors in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology, nearly half reported that students were not adequately prepared in key areas prior to beginning their third year of medical school (Windish 2004). Why is this transition so difficult? The skill set that you developed in order to be a successful basic science student is not the same set you'll need to be successful during the third year. Starting the third year is a watershed moment in your medical education, one that requires you to have a specific strategy for success. This book will provide you with that strategy, helping you to become the savvy student who is poised for clerkship success. This will help you secure outstanding clinical evaluations and strong letters of recommendation, maximizing your chances of matching with the residency program of your choice. Every year, there are students who consistently perform at a high level during their third year of medical school. What enables these students to succeed? What limits the success of their colleagues? Is there something that sets these top performers apart from the rest? This book was written with the express intent of answering these questions. Compiled from discussions with hundreds of faculty, residents, and students, along with extensive review of the scientific literature on the subject of medical education, you will find this book to be an invaluable resource. Inside, find the answers to the following questions: Residents and attending physicians use different criteria to evaluate students. What criteria do they value more highly? What type of student do attending physicians enjoy? A study looking at "difficult" students, from the standpoint of attending physicians, found that the shy, or nonassertive student, was one of three major problem types. What are the other major problem types? The literature has shown that students are rarely observed performing a history and physical. That being the case, how do attending physicians evaluate a student's ability to perform this task? The clinical evaluation of students during rotations is far from perfect. Evaluators can be affected by a variety of factors, some of which may lead to ratings that are lower than the student deserves. What are these factors and what can you, as a student, do to increase the chances that you are evaluated fairly? Students are not able to do their best work until they become comfortable in their new rotation. What can you do to become more comfortable sooner rather than later? Personality factors have been shown in several studies to impact a student's evaluation. in one study, an important identifiable personality factor was identified that impacted evaluations. What was this factor? Conflict is a major issue for students in the clinical years. One study found that conflict situations were common, occurring on average every other day. What is the best way to handle conflict? Letters of recommendation are a key component of the residency application. When should you ask faculty members for a letter? Featuring discussion of these issues and more, this book will provide you with essential insights and tools into mastering clinical rotation."--[Résumé de l'éditeur].

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Desai is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

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