The start of my clinical year is only 4 months away (eek!) but luckily I don’t have to wait until then to see real patients. We started our “clinical assessment” course this week- which is where we travel to different clinical sites in the area and hang with the PAs & doctors. Basically we could end up shadowing, seeing patients with our classmate, or seeing patients on our OWN (with the provider following up of course).
It was a little intimidating at times, but I would say it was a successful first day seeing real patients with real complaints. We have a women’s health OSCE today and I definitely feel more comfortable when it comes to interacting with patients, especially after being out in the community. Stay tuned for more fun stories from the next few clinical sites: surgery, inpatient internal medicine at the hospital, and urgent care!