MD2 Rotations Guide
Hitting the wards marks a new beginning for MD2s. After the torment and perils of learning exclusively from lectures in FJ Clark and the eSuite, it is your time to become a student in the scary hospital environment.
The following is a collection of advice from ~50 students in older year groups (MD3s, MD4s, and interns) in prepartion for our rotations. Their advice is compiled below into the different categories. We hope you find it useful. Note that these are the views of anonymous students. We thank them for their time and support.
Note: The advice contained here may not reflect current Department of Health or UWA School of Medicine policies, particularly with changing public health developments. Remember that things may have changed since your team was in medical school and you must always ensure that you are following the correct current policies. If you are uncomfortable you can decline to perform a procedure, or ask to observe instead. If you are ever unsure, you should always seek clarification from the UWA Medical School.
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Contributors: Britt Suann, Jun-Ting Yeung, Sachin Boniface, Katherine Magpily, and Alexander Lawrie
Last edited: 2021-04-24
First, let's address the elephant in the room:
- Don't be nervous! - you have as much right to be in the hospital as anyone else. Every single nurse/allied health/doctor was in your shoes at one point. You might be a small part, but you are still a part of the larger hospital apparatus - and you shouldn't feel like you're anything less.
You’ve signed up for a marathon, not a sprint. This is especially going to hit hard in June/July when the entirety of the University is on holiday except for you.
- So pace yourself and take days off when you need to.
- You will be super scared, anyone who says they’re not is lying. Saying that, be confident (even if you’re pretending)! Doctors tend to respond better to a proactive and outgoing medical student.
- Just enjoy the year - pretty cool experience and so chill compared to your last year haha. Everyone I know found MD2 much easier than MD1 once you get over the nerves and find your way around hospital.Enjoy clinical. It’s way better than pre clin. Take the opportunity to speak to patients, see some cool signs, and learn some hospital jobs! Enjoy!
- Have fun (and make the most of your breaks) - it’s not that far away when you wake up to 40-hour weeks of 100% required attendance, so don’t waste your life away slaving to the course. Play hard (and study hard too).
- Have fun and find things you are interested in. No point trying to force yourself to learn shit you hate. Find a way to enjoy it.
Spend time with your parents and friends if you can — and if you sometimes have to do this instead of studying that day that is OKAY. You will know when you are overdoing it.
As other things in life, you'll have to...
Learn to Develop Your Perseverance
If a doctor is mean for no reason, remember that’s their issue.
- You will be roasted by a doctor at some point, just cop it (don’t let them see you cry).
- But also, if a doctor is unnecessarily mean on a regular basis, you have every right to complain, and with a lack of permanency, doctors have lost their jobs for bullying in recent years.
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