5 Pearls on How to Impress Your Preceptor on Clinical Rotations
I’ve had a lot of students come with me on rotation. I’ve had some future rock stars work with me as well as some students that have left a little more to be desired. How do you avoid striking out on your rotation or internship? Here are 5 ways on how to impress your preceptor on clinical rotations.
- Never Be Late. I know, I know, its a double standard that your preceptor can be. Always show up a AT LEAST few minutes before you are expected to be there. It is common sense and professional. In the event you are going to be late, let them know ASAP.
- Ask questions. Asking questions shows that you are genuinely interested in what you are doing. The type of question you ask also says a lot about your skill level as well. Take two questions: “Does lisinopril cause hyperkalemia?” VERSUS “What would you do if this patient had a potassium of 5.6 on lisinopril?” The first one you could look up in Google. The second one shows a greater understanding and that you are trying to figure out how to clinically apply drug information and critically think about patient scenarios.
- Speak at Appropriate Times. If you are in a team meeting with numerous healthcare professionals, this is not the time discuss a patient case with another student potentially interrupting the meeting.
- Be Bold. Ask to do things you want to do. This shows initiative, plus you get to experience new things and see if you like them.
- Be a “Yes” Man or Woman. When you are asked to do a project say yes. Most preceptors are very willing to give you time to work on projects.
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