Observe Good Timing
While residents are supposed to teach when working, keep in mind that they can’t always focus on that. This especially applies when they’re treating patients in extreme distress. Learn that the patient comes before the lessons.
It’s a good idea to keep pen and paper on hand to write down questions because the resident might be too busy to answer them right away. You can ask at the end of the shift or when there’s a break. Remember that some answers can take time because the staff has to look them up.
Wear Professional Attire
Regardless of circumstances in the facility, project a professional image. This includes dressing the part. Men should wear ties with the scrubs, and women should don dress pants or dresses.
Since a well-dressed appearance conveys confidence, this is important. This especially applies when seeing patients. Don’t go by what residents wear. They often get a pass because of their big workload.
Support the Care Team
Patient care assistants and nurses are skilled at making medical students feel welcome. Since it takes a team to make healthcare possible, be the best member of that team. Remember that the care team has more medical knowledge and is often overworked, so simply make up for it with helpfulness.
When shadowing residents as a medical student, it can feel like you’re a burden. Being attached to that one person and observing how he or she treats patients can be uncomfortable at first. Following these tips can make this experience easier for all parties.