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Not-So-Glorified Shadowing?

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I'm a few rotations in, and other than procedures, I feel like I really haven't done anything. I haven't had my own patients, I haven't done a single diagnosis or written any orders/labs, anything. I feel like I'm just shadowing with intermittent procedures. I really want to practice actually managing patients from start to finish, and I haven't gotten the chance at all. My current preceptor is everything but ignoring me altogether. I've mentioned this to my clinical director, but they don't care.

 

Is this normal?

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I don't know if it's normal, but I had some similar experiences.  At some rotations, I was able to do a lot and at others I was told that I was doing too much if I spoke to the patient at all.  It varies.  I just tried to keep gaining a preceptor's respect and letting them know how eager I was to do do anything at all.

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If your clinical coordinator is aware of problems with the rotation sites and won’t do anything about it He/She isn’t doing their job. 

Does your school let you do evaluations on the preceptor/site at the end of rotations?  If so make sure to be brutally honest.  

You might get the attention of the clinical coordinator if you send an email with your program director and advisor cc’d asking for a change of rotation site due to poor learning environment.

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I am guessing this is a new program. most established programs around > 10 years get rid of sites like that when they get poor student feedback. I have heard these stories at a few places, but no older, established programs.

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Not normal. If your clinical coordinator is ignoring you, then you need to speak to the director. You're not getting what you are paying for. 

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I don’t think a preceptor just ignoring you is normal. However, I do think it is very important to look in the mirror a bit, be honest with yourself, and be sure that is what’s happening. During my rotations, multiple times, I was told by my fellow classmates very similar stories/experiences like you described above about a rotation of been assigned to next. Surprisingly, my experience would be completely different.

Be honest with your preceptor and do as much as you can on your own.
Can’t use the EMR? Write it out on paper. Then compare your decision making with that of your preceptor.
Ask questions about what they are doing?
Be personable. Read up on whatever their interests are.
Find other providers/students around you to learn from too!

Again, put in a bit more work if you have to. Kiss some butt, it’s to your benefit. Some of the toughest (personality wise) preceptors I had, I’m so grateful for now. But do keep in mind that I am known for enjoying to deal with the tough, angry, odd one out type of peeps!

Good luck!


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