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Department of Internal Medicine

Hints for Success in the Medicine Clerkship

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  • Get involved, work hard. What you get out of it greatly depends on what you put into it.
  • Be honest about what you know and don't know.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Behave professionally.
  • Remember to launder your white coat.
  • Be proactive. Do phone follow-up on patients recently discharged from your service or between clinic appointments.
  • Be prepared. Read ahead for planned lectures, pre-round, and obtain outside records.
  • Practice your presentations. Do not read your write-up!
  • Take advantage of opportunities to be taught. Ask to review x-rays, physical exam, gram stains, etc.
  • Ask for feedback.
  • Call us if you are having a problem or concern.
  • Ask us if you have a scheduling conflict and don't know what to do.
  • Enjoy yourself; medicine is great fun!
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  • Be late.
  • Bring coffee or food into a patient's room on rounds or in clinic.
  • Assume everyone else knows what you don't (they usually don't).
  • Put off reading until the last 3 weeks.