- Organisation – use a diary!
- Maintain work / life balance
- Know when to ask for help
- Work in teams
Placement Survival Guide
Don’t expect to be able to run a marathon before you can crawl – build yourself some strong foundations and the rest will come to you.
- Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine/General Practice
- Black pen
- DOPS forms ready to be signed
- Comfortable shoes – especially on wards!
- Dress smart
- To answer the inevitable – “What is a Physician Associate”?
Capitalise on your placement:
- Write objectives, learning outcomes & further work after learning a skill
- Print out test results, remember to anonymise – create a table about components of the test, why we test, what it means if its too high or low
- Carry out written reflective practice as part of your portfolio
- Be observed clerking patients and examining – ask for feedback!
- Present patients on ward round
- Ask to observe – echos, exercise ECG’s, USS, pleural tap, lumbar puncture – anything!
- Spend time with OT’s and Nurses
- Attend all available courses e.g. ILS, child protection, catheterisation, cannulation and venopuncture, ABG
- Take the time to assess a critically ill patient – go round with critical care team if possible.