1. iron your clothes. This annoyed me as a med student to see other students show up in shirts and pants that look like they cam out of the laundry basket. If you can't iron, dry cleaners will do just ironing.
2. Wash your white coat regularly. Showing up in a dirty white coat is not professional. Showing up in it wrinkled and dirty is even worse.
3. Learn to write so others can read it.
4. Do keep a positive attitude.
5. Do realize that lunch time is not at 12pm. It is when you have time to eat.
6. Get your fellow students lunch if they are tied up and the cafeteria is closing soon and they have not eaten. Students have to watch out for each other
7. Do let your resident know if you need to leave during the day for a personal or family matter (i.e. your husband calls in the middle of the day and tell you he wants a divorce). Most residents will understand, and if not, talk to your rotation education person or the hospital education person.
8. try to get sleep when you can. use the weekends to catch up on sleep.
1. just not show up. call your resident, education person, another student and let them know you are sick
2. don't skip and say another student in your group told to it was a holiday to cover your own rear. Be honest and say I thought it was a holiday and we didn't have to come.
3. Don't go and hide and leave the other students to do all the work and then try to claim you did it.
4. show up late all the time
5. don't read the attendings H&P and say how they left things out
6. Don't present a patient if you have never seen the patient
7. Don't tell a resident you can't see a patient because it is lunch time
8. don't miss the birth of your baby because you are at the hospital for a rotation. attendings will understand
9. don't act like you know more than the nurses.......you don't
10. don't argue with attendings about diagnosis or treatment. you can ask questions to see why they came to that dx or tx
11. don't throw your fellow students or residents under the bus. This can follow you to interviews.
12. don't have conversations with the residents and attendings in your native language or present patients during round it your native language even if most of the team understands. It is very annoying and rude to do this if you are the only one in the group who does not speak that language. This happened to me. all 3 residents, attending, and student spoke hindi and would do rounds speaking this language, i did not. I had to remind them almost daily they need to speak english.
Dr Crispy, MD
PGY 2 Family Medicine