“Stay one step ahead, be humble, be kind to everyone, and success will surely follow.” That’s one piece of advice from Dru Morgan, a fourth-year student at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee, who recently shared his tips for emergency medicine rotation success in EM Resident magazine. Morgan matched into an emergency medicine residency at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Among his other tips:
- Stay on your feet. “Be the eyes and ears for your resident, and check on the patients as often as you can. How are therapies working? Any new symptoms? Has the pain resolved? Any questions for the physicians?” Morgan says. However, he notes, this approach may not be appropriate for all patients.
- Don’t overstep your boundaries. “Sometimes it could be as simple as saying, “‘Yes ma’am, we can give you another dose of the medication before you leave,’” Morgan notes. “This becomes problematic when the resident or attending doesn’t agree and you’ve set the expectation with the patient.”
- Be on time. “Many of you would be surprised how often students on auditions are routinely late,” Morgan says. “By showing up early, you might be able to ask the resident coming off shift for more information on the patients—and get more face time with them as well.”
For more advice, read the full piece in EM Resident magazine.