Approaching your first clinical year
Hospital is a big change from the lecture theatre that you're used to. Chung Thong Lim and colleagues give a practical guide to maximising the learning opportunities
In the first clinical year, students are excited that they are at last “proper” medical students, finally learning the skills of being a doctor in hospitals, rather than in lecture theatres. Although medical students who take integrated curriculums have had exposure to the hospital environment in the preclinical years, the clinical years have always been perceived as challenging and different. The uncertainties surrounding the hospital and the sudden change of learning environment can be daunting.
Preclinical subjects, including pathology, anatomy, and basic clinical skills, may come in handy. After all, your preclinical studies are meant to prepare you for the clinical years. Most medical schools have induction programmes for the clinical years, which usually include lectures, clinical demonstrations, practical skills sessions, and tutorials. Besides equipping you with essential medical knowledge and skills, induction programmes introduce you to the hospital's etiquette, environment, and staff. Take this opportunity to improve your practical