I got a few questions about tips for students starting Internal medicine.
I honestly don't think there is any specific tip for one given speciality, if you continue to read you will notice that my advice can basically be applied to other specialities as well.
1. Be there and be prepared! whatever patient you get assigned, know everything about them, quickly skim about the topic in your pocket book if possible.
2. Ask questions! Ask as many as you want! Honestly we residents have a million and one thing to do during the work day, so we can forget to educate you during rounds and tend to dedicate teaching times during the day instead.
3. Internal Medicine is VAST! But what's common is common. Don't be that student who knows what Evans syndrome is for example but doesn't know how to treat COPD or a heart attack. P.s. i was that student, rare things fascinated me 😂🙈
4. Don't confuse yourself with sooo many resources. Decide what book you are going to use and stick to it, otherwise you won't finish anything, like I said, medicine is vast.
5. Always be on time for everything. This should be a general rule in life for you to be honest.
6. Read up on cases you see during the day if possible so you can study whatever you had planned when you get home. That way you are ready for rounds the next day and you don't mess your study schedule. In med school I used to arrive to the hospital at 6 am, read up on all the cases I knew we had before everyone came at 7:30 and at home I stuck to my agenda.
7. Some key elements I believe you should learn from this rotation, taking proper history and examining all the systems properly, while also being able to put a differential diagnosis for the cases you see.
Remember to make the most out of your rotation while also having fun and good luck! 💗