Studying medicine in West Indies, in universities like Lincoln American University, is a great opportunity for students as they not only learn in classrooms but also by practicing under the supervision of clinical instructors. After spending four years in the classroom, while doing MBBS in West Indies universities, fourth-year medical students begin their clinical rotations, where they finally get to immerse themselves in patient care, learn more about different specialities and put their book smarts to good use.
It takes some humility to be able to go to a clinic and say that you have a lot of things to learn, that you don’t know everything there is to know, especially once you go on out into clinical rotations and you did well in class, you probably feel pretty confident but once you find out that there is a lot more to learn then it really takes a growth mindset, an attitude you still have so much more to learn and that really makes a big difference, because if you think that you already know it all, you cannot develop really great relationship with your clinical instructor and that’s really what’s meant for that it’s really treated as if it’s a course in which you have something to learn not only from your patients but also from your clinical instructor.
When you study medicine in West Indies, in universities like Lincoln American University, there are a lot of ways to use what you’ve learned, one is to maintain a spirit of reflection, to maintain that you have things still more to learn and you have still more ways to be better. So on clinical rotations, you would have weekly feedback, you write down what went well and what did not go well, and so maintaining that. Clinic has busy long hours but you have to carve out time and say what went well this week and what did not go well this week as if you are on rotation. So, maintaining the reflection is really essential to becoming better, which thereby reflects on your MBBS as well.
Many students fail to address the basic expectations by the hospital. It is very important for what you’re doing when you’re there and how you are doing it. So what people want to see in you as a good sub intern is that you’re getting there early, your focus, that you’re taking all the work that you can, that you’re energized, and you’re bring a part of the team. They don’t want you to be an addition, they don’t want you to be observing, they don’t want you to be a fourth year medical student only gathering data. They want you to be functioning as a sub intern, they want you to be seeing the patients, writing up the notes, putting in the history collection, working your best on the ANP, talking to the seniors, talking to the interns; they don’t just want to supervise you but also they want to help you shine. That is what you’re expected to do work wise. When you study medicine in West Indies, you cannot just make studying a priority of your MBBS. Your knowledge that you will be gathering will be very important, but it’s also important that you put it into best use in your clinical rotation.
But, what really hovers all this is what sense do people get from you. If you just show up saying simply that you’re the sub intern and if they want you to see that the patient that came overnight, it might land a very blunt impression of yourself on them. What you really want to tell them is that you saw on the computer that they all got a patient overnight and you were kind of reading up on it and the guy’s got chest pain, the EKG, etc. So you need to be proactive, take initiative, take ownership of your sub internship.
Keeping all this in mind, Lincoln American University gives you an advantage to do familiarization trips to hospitals during the basic science module of your academic programme. Their clinical rotations are modulated with the most well established hospitals. This gives not only top notch education and experience to the students but also boosts their confidence.