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Pre-clerkship electives tend to have lower expectations since your preceptors will assume that you're there for career exploration. Show up early, read around cases if you know them before hand, demonstrate interest, and have situational awareness (if they seem super busy/stressed, just try to hang back and not get in the way). For clerkship electives, expectations are a bit higher, since they assume that you're there b/c you're interested. Again, show up early, pay attention to what the PGY1s are doing, learn to not get in the way, read around material/cases, ask insightful questions when prompted, etc. 

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10 minutes ago, dooogs said:

Is it also normal to receive very neutral/unspecific feedback?

 

Yes this is the norm. Unless you make an excellent impression on the right people you can expect that most of the time.

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Just work hard and be kind. Get things done and help your residents out when they have tons of tasks to get done. Knowing anatomy is helpful for when you are scrubbed in the OR. Know some internal medicine for wards. It's too hard/too broad to say there is some magic formula.

Know the basics and just work hard. That's all that is expected for good students.

 

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I think single most important factor to really impress is how proactive you are. It's about being a step ahead and anticipating what's gonna be needed. Example, you think a patient you just consulted on needs admission you write the orders and deal with the paperwork before reviewing. You're in the OR waiting for a case to start? You review patient history and imaging the day before, you have the post-op orders and OR note already prepared. 

Also be a positive presenec in your team, fun and upbeat without being annoying. Kind without being a pushover. Etc etc.

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