Dear Future Intern Class,
Now that I have finished food service, information technology, and am wrapping up community, it’s almost time for the “nerve-wrecking” and “intimidating” clinical rotation. Honestly, I thought I would be more anxious, but I’m actually excited to finally gain experience and work directly with patients.
Currently more than half of the Maryland interns have experienced life as a hospital dietitian. Therefore as my clinical date approaches I have been constantly asking them how to prepare for my last big rotation. For future interns, I have compiled a list of helpful ways to prepare your clinical rotation.
- Review all major disease states, conditions, and common medications
- - Carry a clip-board to hold your notes and cheat-sheets
- - Go through each body system, (reviewing function and importance)
- - Familiarize yourself with common lab tests and what is being measured
- - Take a minute and BREATH
Obviously you can only be so prepared and will learn a lot on the job, but thanks to my fellow interns I am no longer scared for my first day of clinical. If anything, I am looking forward to becoming more confident in myself as a dietetic professional and perhaps even gaining a little clinical judgment. My first day at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore is February 26th and it can not come any faster.