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MD/PhD Students: How to Transition from Research to Clinical Rotations
Alec Gramann by Alec Gramann on Oct 19, 2021 in rotations, MD/PhD

So you’re nearing the end of your graduate work. You’ve published (or nearly published) your research. You’ve attended conferences, presented posters, and blazed through committee meetings. You are an expert in your field. With your defense on the horizon, you’ve started to consider the next phase of training: transitioning to clinical clerkships.

How to Rock Your Surgery Rotation (and Live to Tell the Tale)

Dr. Samuel Azeze and Dr. Shelby Wood contributed to this post. 

The night prior to starting my surgery rotation, I couldn’t tell whether I was filled with anxiety or excitement, but either way I wasn’t getting any sleep that night. So many colleagues and faculty brought up rants and raves about the surgery rotation — always with mixed reviews — and that resulted in even more confusion. I didn’t know what to think, how to approach the rotation, or how to succeed.

How to Rock Your Internal Medicine Rotation

Lauryn Falcone, MD, PhD and Shelby Wood, MD, MPH contributed to this post.

No matter what specialty you plan to pursue as a doctor, it’s important for just about everyone to do well on the MS3 internal medicine rotation. Aside from surgery, internal medicine is often regarded as the most difficult rotation of third year due to the long hours and breadth of material covered on the shelf exam.

Top 3 Tips for Succeeding on Your MS3 Internal Medicine Rotation:

Internal Medicine Rotation: 9 Tips for Success
Dr. Christopher Carrubba and Shelby Wood contributed to this post.

Whether you're planning to pursue a residency in internal medicine or any other specialty, the internal medicine clerkship is one of the most important third year rotations. Not only will you strengthen your analytic, diagnostic, and physical exam skills, but you will learn important principles of inpatient and outpatient medical management that will translate to other rotations and will help improve your scores on your shelf and USMLE examinations.

As a second year resident in internal medicine, I have encountered all types of medical students on my services and have had the chance to figure out what makes a successful student on this rotation. 


Best Tips and Step 2 Resources for Your Neurology Rotation

Don't rack your brain figuring out how to shine on your neurology rotation and prepare for the neurology shelf. These high-yield Step 2 resources will help you both maximize your performance and minimize any headache in the process.

The 5 Best Step 2 Resources for the ObGyn Shelf

Most students enjoy their obstetrics and gynecology rotation because it offers a unique mix of surgery, clinic, and labor and delivery wards. However, for these same reasons, the obstetrics and gynecology NBME subject exam can be challenging. The following resources can help you prepare for this exam.

The Four Best USMLE Step 2 Resources to Use on Your Internal Medicine Rotation

When it comes to MS3 rotations, not all are created equal! That is because some rotations are inherently more difficult than others. While much of this can vary from school to school, one thing is certain: internal medicine is a difficult rotation.

More so, virtually every student, no matter what specialty he or she plans to go into, needs to have a solid grasp of medicine and do well on this rotation. The internal medicine NBME subject exam is one of the most difficult exams, but doing well on it can set students up to achieve high scores on USMLE Step 2. This post reviews the top resources to use during the internal medicine rotation.

Rotations are Beginning: Your USMLE Step 2 CK Study Plan

Preclinical classes are to Step 1 as the core clinical rotations are to Step 2 CK. In the same way you can prepare for Step 1 by keeping up with the physiology and pathophysiology curriculum of medical school, so too can you do well on Step 2 CK by making the most of your clerkships. Here the most important strategies to do precisely that.

Clinical Rotations: 5 Tips to Succeed & Find Meaning

As medical students, we have spent our entire lives learning new information, and we are good at it! Now, however, our job is more practical, and we are not sure where to place all this knowledge. Trial and error of course lead to improved clinical experiences on rotations; however, I wish I had been told the following when starting out on my clinical rotations. These are some common themes and anecdotes I have gathered from a variety colleagues, residents, and attendings about finding meaning during clinical rotations. These suggestions are specifically for those rotations with a significant inpatient component (ie Internal Medicine)

Which USMLE Step 2 CK Resources to Use While on Peds Rotation

Pediatric medicine is vastly different from adult medicine. For one, every patient doesn’t have high blood pressure, type II diabetes and high cholesterol. Other differences center around what diseases are common, normal vital signs and vaccines. The good news is, for all these differences, there are some top-notch resources that will help you successfully navigate your pediatric rotation, Shelf, and USMLE Step 2 CK prep.

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