What draws most potential medical students to NYCOM is the range of clinical sites our school has to offer. With rotations ranging in setting from inner city hospitals in the Bronx and Brooklyn, to posh suburban hospitals in Manhasset and Southampton, to rural settings in Upstate New York, the NYCOM student truly has the opportunity to “try on” medicine in different settings. The downside of this myriad of hospitals is that structured learning is piecemeal and often lost in the midst of learning different computer systems, hospital layouts, and medical teams. Further complicating matters, some hospitals offer more structured didactics than others, so obtaining a consistently beneficial learning experience can be difficult. In my four years at NYCOM, I have seen what works for my peers and what does not. Below are seven tips I have either observed or been frankly told by attendings, residents, and other successful students. There is no panacea, but I have seen these tips not only help a students get good grades on evaluations, but also help students leave a rotation satisfied they have become a better future doctor.
By: Alex Voldman, OMS II The dreaded time has come to dish out $500 and prepare for our first of many licensing exams, the COMLEX. Passing the COMLEX exam is a mandatory requirement in order to begin third year clerkships, and therefore every student in the class must take it. Yet the USMLE, given by […]
By: Vaishali Patel, OMS II Special thanks to Khalid Gafoor, OMS II Osteopathic medicine has a vast history, littered with the many battles fought by those who wished to discredit this practice of medicine. In the early 1900’s, a well known fact was that it was not a profession the state of New York wanted […]
By: Derek Cheng, OMS I It’s easy to forget the big picture. My classmates can probably attest to this humbling fact. There are times when you just love medical school. It’s what you imagine before you sign your youth away to a lifestyle of heavy responsibilities. Maybe you’ve aced an exam or quiz, gone out to […]