Just this past Wednesday, I received the news of where I am going to be doing my first clinical rotation in. It is in a hospital in NYC. I am so nervous! I will be in this site until the beginning of March.
I am actually really excited to start scanning actual patients, but I am nervous because I am going to be finding real pathology in patients and diagnosing them.
My first rotation is an Abdominal rotation. I will be scanning patient’s aorta, IVC, pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, gall bladder ect. trying to find pathology (or not!) and diagnose them.
So this means, my next clinical site (after this one) will be an Echocardiography rotation in March. I am happy I get to do Abdominal first. While it is a lot more information to remember, I feel more confident scanning Abdominal over Echo. This also gives me a little more time to practice Echo scanning and learning material.
Some of the students in my class got an OBGYN rotation once a week, which makes me insanely jealous because this is what I totally wanted. But- my time will come.
Over all, I am both excited and nervous. I just bought my scrubs yesterday online. Can’t wait to wear them and feel semi-official! My first day is January 20th! How surreal. Maybe I should put a little countdown widget on my blog?! Yes, I think I will!
Anybody in the medical field have any tips for first timers in clinical rotations? Let me know in the comments below!