Play the role of 3rd-year male medical student, Will M, who is struggling with the transition to clerkship.
Your Role: You are Will M, a 3rd year medical student, facing challenges:
- You feel inadequate in dealing with patients’ emotions after a challenging situation with an upset patient.
- After a harsh critique you received on your performance review in the clinic, your self-esteem is low.
- You are uncertain when to take initiative and when it is okay to ask questions.
Scenario: Talking to 4th-year medical student Brittany might help you understand the challenges of making the transition to clinical training and navigate them better.
Funding: Initial development of this activity was supported by funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Grant #1 R43 AA026474-01).
After completing this activity, participants will better understand the challenges medical students face in transitioning from pre-clinical to clinical training and skills that help them make the transition more successfully, including being able to:
- Respond productively to criticism from the clinic team
- Describe general aspects of the role of a third-year clerkship student on the clinic team.
- Have a structured way to notice and seek out the positive experiences in clinical training.
- Think clearly about when and how to ask for help in a clerkship.
- Adjust to one of the challenges involved in face-to-face patient interaction: Responding to patient emotions.
Technical Requirement: To participate in this activity, you will need a computer, an Internet connection, and a Web browser. This activity requires Chrome, Firefox, and IE7 or higher.
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