Clinical Rotations – St. George’s University School of Medicine

(gentle piano music) – I’ve wanted to be a doctor probably since I could walk. – My grandfather was a doctor, my uncle was a doctor. – For me, it was doing a co-op in grade 11 in a local hospital. – My mom actually has a video of me when I was five years old saying, I wanna be an anesthesiologist and, of course, I couldn’t
even pronounce that. – After you finish your first
two years of medical school, the last two years are what we call your clinical rotations. Now, you’re working with
residents and attending physicians where you’re actually learning a particular specialty field. Clearly, one of the key advantages of coming to St George’s is the ability to do clinical rotations in the United States. – I mentor and counsel
individual medical students to be successful in the
their clinical years both in the hospital and to
help increase their ability to obtain residency positions. – I do believe that
these clinical rotations are probably the most important aspect in trying to narrow down what
you want to do for residency ’cause you can come in
wanting to do one thing and, once you actually experience it, it’s a very different scenario. – We have relationships
with over 70 hospitals which gives our students the opportunity to think about where do they
actually want to practice when they’re done, and then, where can I train to get there. – It’s really giving me the opportunity to experience a lot of
different kinds of specialties and helping me see what I would like and what I don’t like. (upbeat music) – When I first started clinical rotations, it was nerve-wracking and
exciting at the same time. – I wondered how I would stack up against other US students and I came to see that
I felt very comfortable in my clinical rotations and equally as prepared as my US peers. – My typical day really
depends on the rotation I’m in. For internal medicine, we
would wake up at like 6:00. – I get to work by 5:30 AM. – And we’ll pre-round. So we’ll go see the patients that stayed at the hospital overnight. – Then by 7:30, we’re getting ready to go into the OR. – As you’re going through the process, you always have support from residents and from mentors at the hospital. – It’s rarely ever that there’s
even more than one student with a resident or an attending. In my experience, you get a
lot of one on one interaction. – I actually had the opportunity to perform CPR on a patient. – One time I had scrubbed in on a surgery where a doctor restored function
to the patient’s diaphragm and then she was able to
breathe again normally as you and I would. – Being here in a hospital and dealing with real patients has helped give me a
different perspective. – St George’s allowed me
to do multiple rotations, to repeat rotations that I was interested in different disciplines. – It’s never too early to think about it because, once you decide what specialty you want to go into, there’s definitely a big play between where you do
your clinical rotations and where you eventually match. – For the first two
years, it was all bookwork but now you’re actually seeing these are real people. I feel like that’s why we go into medicine is ’cause we’re trying to help people and we’re trying to make a difference.

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