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  1. Hey everyone! I just wanted to give an update and thank you all for being the beacon of light I really needed! I’m happy to tell you all I passed my rotation and EOR exam! Thank you all so very much! I did meet with my advisor and explained what was happening, and he was glad I spoke up. I never in a million years would have thought I could ever feel as stressed and overwhelmed as I was…I’m so glad that rotation is behind me! I’ve started my next rotation and I’m one on one with my preceptor (who is amazing!! and kind!). I have already learned a lot, and I’m excited to got there every day!! I truly appreciate each and every one of you who offered your advice!
  2. Hi, sorry I was not clear. Yes, one of the attendings is my preceptor. When the nurses have asked what to with some of these patients (especially when I have no idea about them) I hope I am portraying calmness, and I help where I feel I’m competent to, but on the inside I’m freaking out- My preceptor does co-sign the notes(on the computer), but there is no feedback or teaching. Yes, I absolutely feel dumb. I feel like the more I learn, the more I realize how little I actually know and I think that is part of what scares me. I pray every day will get better (but it has not). I know this is short-term, but I’m really struggling. I really do think I would like inpatient if I had more guidance, I love taking care of patients, but if I had to work like this as my job, there is no way I could do it. Thank you for your guidance and reassurance!
  3. Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your advice. I thought about reaching out to them, but I don’t want to be seen as a complainer, I’m also terrified if tell them how I’m feeling they will make me get seen/ make me decelerate and then I won’t graduate with my class. I also think they may say if other students can handle it, then why not you? I only have a couple of rotations left and’ I have not had any issues and always had support from a SP, PA or NP, so this is particularly soul crushing and demoralizing, because I want to learn and take good care of patients, but I feel like I’m drowning in this rotation.
  4. I feel really guilty posting this and please don’t get me wrong I feel so lucky to be in PA school, I have done really well up to this point, but this rotation is so awful I feel like I can’t do this anymore. I’m doing inpatient medicine and I thought I would like it (I love the patients) but I’m so stressed out I cry every time I get in the car after every shift (which have been averaging about 11 hours a day). There is no support, we are basically given a list of patients to do admissions on and follow and write progress notes (anywhere from 6-8) we see our attendings in the morning and that’s it, no check in. There is no one to answer questions and there is no feedback, no idea if my assessments and plans for patients are ok. I’ve had questions about exam findings and meds and there is nobody to ask. The nurses (who are very nice) ask questions about patients I’m not even following ( like a post-op patient with a glucose of 450) I’m like, I’m just the student- I so scared of making a mistake that could harm a patient, I feel like I am crumbling. The charts are massive and complicated (3+ consults) with so many meds and comorbidities, I’m overwhelmed and notes take me forever (hours) to complete which makes me wonder what I am doing wrong. I have been having chest pain (I don’t have anxiety or panic disorder) I’m nauseous and have no appetite. I’ve actually though if I get into an accident I wouldn’t have to go in. I know that sounds terrible- I just don’t know what to do. Grateful for any thoughts or advice.
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