I recently failed a visiting clerkship elective. I'm a new clerk, and was completely caught off guard with the grade as no preceptor indicated that I was on my way to a "deficiency." I thought I had a good rapport with the preceptors and patients, although they did point out that they expected me to have more knowledge in the sub specialty. Honestly, much of what they wanted me to know felt out of scope of my clinical education but I was fine with the somewhat unfair pimping. Otherwise, I thought the elective went fine; I was always early, read around patients, offered to stay late and help - and I often did.
The review said they expected better presentation skills and a stronger ability to create DD and plan, which is fair. But there were no residents during the rotation, an no one observed any exams/interviews which are normally my strong suit. My plan also evolved from the interview/exam which no one witnessed. And it was my first week of clerkship...
In any case, I'm wondering how screwed I am. Still have +1 year of clerkship. Is this considered a major red flag? Am I screwed for any specialty, even non competitive ones? I have to remediate the elective at the end of clerkship - after interviews - if that makes any difference.
Thanks for any input.