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  1. MEDICAL STUDENT TRANSITION COURSE Professionalism in the Clinical Environment ANTHONY A. MEYER, MD, PHD CHAIRMAN, DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

  2. Beginning Clinical Clerkships • Remarkable Opportunity • New Challenge • Unprecedented Responsibility • Start of Your Clinical Career

  3. Change In Focus • Up to now – Focus has been on the student • Clinical Care – Focus is on the patient • You are part of a team to help the patient – the patient is not here for you to learn

  4. Clinical Clerkship Service Rotations Each service is different • Patient mix and diseases • Number and level of residents • Number of faculty and clinical activity • Workload • Time schedule Service structure developed to meet patient needs and other requirements

  5. General Learning Goals for Clerkship • Acquisition of knowledge and skills • Integration of knowledge and skills • Application of knowledge and skills Additional Learning Goals • Patient Interaction (active participation in care and responsibility) • Staff Interaction (roles & respect) • Colleague, Resident and Faculty Interaction (collaboration & respect)

  6. Patient Interaction • Early on, you may be uncomfortable • Your patients will have varying comfort with students • A few patients may not want student involvement • Many patients are frightened, have pain, are in a new experience • Don’t personalize negative experiences • Try to put yourself in the patient’s situation • Ask yourself, what if it was my ________

  7. Resident Interaction • Closest to you in age, background and experience • You will learn much from them • More advanced than you, but still in training • Residents’ primary responsibilities are their education and patient care • If you have concerns, speak with the clerkship director

  8. Hospital Staff Interaction • Respect all people who participate directly and indirectly in the care of patients • You can learn a great deal from the hospital staff • Remember that competence, intelligence and contribution to patient care are not determined by academic degree • Realize that you have a common goal – providing the best possible patient care

  9. Faculty Interaction • All are interested in teaching but have different roles and styles • Varying other responsibilities • Different schedules of patient care • Different stages in their careers • Don’t hesitate to approach them • If you have concerns, speak to the clerkship director or department chair

  10. 3rd Year Medical StudentsResponsibilities & Roles • Different teams have different responsibilities for students • You start as the least experienced person on the team • Find out your responsibilities (some explained, some assumed) • Learn and perform your role before you start another • If it’s your responsibility, make sure it is accomplished • Accepting responsibility for patient care is one of the first steps to being a physician

  11. Feedbackto Medical Students • Variable in amount and form • Comes from Faculty, residents, peers, and staff • It is not always announced • It’s not always verbal • It is not always positive • Use it to improve, not just to feel good • Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback

  12. Traditions in Medicine • Traditions are present in all societies and professions • Contribute to professionalism and ethics • Often hard to understand • Respect traditions, but remember the patient is always most important • It is your activity and commitment over a career that will create new traditions

  13. Professionalism • Dedication to others • Commitment to excellence • Performance standards • Behavior standards • Respect for all • Confidentiality

  14. How should I Act? What should I do? • Treat patients like you want your family members treated • Show respect, courtesy and civility toward everyone • Observe and learn from others • Look and act like a physician • If you’re not sure, ask • Seek out opportunities to help • Enjoy what you are doing

  15. Important Things To Consider • Patient care and learning are not “like on the TV medical shows” • Medicine is a humbling profession • Be part of a patient care team • Allow yourself to feel • Act professionally • Learn from everything and everyone, even when not being taught

  16. Transition to Clerkship- SUMMARY - • Exciting • Challenging • Demanding • Period of incredible growth • Opportunity to be part of one the greatest professions