Category Archives: Clerkship

Taking Ownership of Your Patients

In many ways, residency is not too different clerkship. You rotate through different specialties, you try to learn how to take care of patients from your teachers. Sometimes, I feel like I knew more medical knowledge when I was a medical student than I do now. During clerkship, I saw

How to Excel and be a Superstar During Your Clerkship Electives

It’s that time of the year when medical students across the country are doing “audition” medical electives. I still remember my medical electives and how I tried to make a good impression and get a great reference letter. Elective time can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. With

Success on the Wards – Book Review

Success on the Wards – 250 Rules for Clerkship Success (Amazon) is easily the best book I have read on how to succeed in clerkship. It is comprehensive, thorough and jam-packed with valuable information. Dr. Desair and Dr. Katta provide an all encompassing look into what clerkship is really like. A

Balancing Exercise with Medical School

What makes the biggest difference to your health? According to Dr. Mike Evans, a  family medicine professor at St. Mike’s Hospital, exercising for just 30 minutes a day can have a big impact on your health! Staying active during medical school is one of the hardest things to do, especially

An Anesthesiologist’s Dilemma

Conversation between me and a friend applying to Anesthesiology, while discussing our upcoming CaRMS applications. Me:    “So you’re not going to miss talking to patients at all?” Him:    “Not at all, I get to do as much talking as I want pre and post-op” Me:    “You’re not going to

Clerkship Pearls – How to Get a Consultation

This is another post in the Clerkship Pearls series for medical students going through clerkship, and today I’ll be discussing How to Effectively Get a Consultation for Your Patient One of the scariest things to do as a clerk is to ask another consult service to help you with the

Clerkship Pearls – How to Present a Patient Case Effectively

Presenting a case is an essential skill every medical student will have to master. In fact, it is one of the few things you can easily do to impress your preceptors and staff doctors. It’s a visible and tangible thing that can set you apart from your peers and can

Clerkship Pearls – Writing a Note Pt 2

In my previous post, I went over the essentials you should include in every note you write as a clinical clerk. Items such as date, time, identification, signatures and writing with dark colors, technique and legibly should always be enforced. For Part 2, I’ll go over quickly how to write

Clerkship Pearls – Writing a Note Pt 1

Writing a Note As a clinical clerk, you will be writing notes everyday. It could be an admission note, a progress note, a consultation even a discharge summary. Either way, learning how to write a useful note is something that should be done properly. Writing a note isn’t hard, writing

Clerkship Pearls – Introduction

Starting this week, I’m going to start a short series of posts of clerkship tips and advice. It won’t be anything too ground breaking but instead be a collection of advice I have gotten in this past year that has really helped me in all my rotations. With a brand