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    How hand on are clinicals?

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    Do you take a back seat and watch the doctors, or do you jump right in there with them and perform millions of different procedures?

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    Hands on

    It depends on the hospital and the docs. I did sutures in Peds ER in Michigan and removed femoral lines in Baltimore. Mostly you help hold patients, do vitals or watch.
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    Hands on 2

    Also depends on your initiative and enthusiasm. If a resident/intern sees that you are willing to learn, they much more readily teach you a procedure. Your willingness to participate in procedures gets you a higher level of respect, even if it's something as benign as holding a patient while they put in a central line.

    In internal med, they don't do a whole lot of procedures. Peds, FP, ob/gyn and surgery obviously will give you a much greater opportunity to do stuff. I forgot to mention in my former post that I did do pelvic exams, pap smears and cryotherapy in FP.
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    So if all you do is watch and hold patients, and once in a while get to do procedures, why do you have to stay crazy hours??

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    Crazy Hours

    Again, it depends on the rotation. Peds and FP are normal hours. Internal medicine is tough. You get there very early and follow your intern for most of the day. There are several rounds - pre-rounds, teaching rounds, service rounds, etc.... Plus, admissions when you are on call. Then there are several teaching sessions throughout the day including Grand Rounds, morning report, case presentations/journal club, etc... And then, there's always the nurses paging the docs all day long for problems with patients. If you get a good attending who likes to teach, what you learn is invaluable. Seeing signs in a patient is priceless and nothing like reading about it in a text.
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    When you say normal hours, I assume you mean 9-5?? What about surgery?? Normal hours or crazy hours??

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    Most internal medicine rotations are from 6/7am to 3/5 pm. Most surgery rotations are 5/6 am to 4/5 pm.

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    Any place for IMG IN CLERKSHIP?

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