Understanding Patients with Reproductive and Surgical Needs Ring: Emily actively sought out opportunities to learn and to be involved in patient care activities. Her presentations were clear and concise and her patient management skills were outstanding. Emily demonstrated an intellectual curiosity, asked appropriate questions, was receptive to feedback and a pleasure to teach. She was proactive and able to anticipate the needs of the team and consistently completed duties with minimal direction. The team enjoyed working with Emily and appreciated all of her efforts. Emily has a bright and wonderful attitude, which her patients and their families truly appreciated. Her level of knowledge and ability to apply to patient care was excellent.
Understanding Patients within Populations Ring: Emily was a highly motivated, actively engaged learner who consistently sought additional responsibilities throughout the ring. Her histories and physical were efficient and complete. Emily developed excellent presentations which showed her complete understanding of her patients’ problems. Her presentations were always well-organized and concise, and showed careful thought to the development of accurate differential diagnoses and treatment options. She showed excellent initiative, asked good questions and proposed independent plans and assessments prior to rounds. Emily demonstrated an excellent fund of knowledge, followed her patients closely, and expressed a clear understanding of patients’ conditions, even for complex patients. She established great rapport with patients and parents and demonstrated a caring attitude and an ability to effectively communicate information with all members of the patient care team. Emily was professional and respectful toward patients, families, staff and colleagues and proved to be an integral team player often functioning above her level of training.
Understanding Patients with Specialized Medical Needs Ring: Emily rotated on the integrated Understanding Patients with Specialized Medical Needs Ring, compromised of internal medicine, psychiatry, and neurology. Throughout the ring, she displayed a very strong knowledge base, excellent clinical care, and a performance above expectation. On internal medicine, Emily rotated on cardiology, pulmonology, and general medicine. She had a great grasp of clinical medicine and was an asset to the team. She responded well to feedback and continually expanded her knowledge base. Her presentation skills were mature. On psychiatry, Emily was diligent and developed excellent rapport with patients. She independently sought opportunities to provide care above and beyond during her time. She helped run a small group experience, as well. On neurology, Emily rotated on the inpatient consult service and in the outpatient clinics. She was reliable and had communication skills above expectation. Her presentations were complete, thoughtful, and organized. Her neurologic exams were thorough and accurate. Overall, Emily excelled throughout the ring.
During my first 3 years of medical school, I completed an advanced competency in interprofessional collaboration.
This was a course taken with students in many different medical progressions – nursing, social work, pharmacy, physical therapy and medical students. Through this course we learned more about each discipline and how to effectively communicate with the different disciplines. We worked together in groups to complete a project focused on improving interprofessional collaboration outside of the classroom. For our project we interviewed people in the different disciplines in order to better understand what aspects of the HPI each discipline tends to focus on. This project helped us learn what people in different healthcare disciplines value as important information from the patient in order to better carry out their jobs. I have attached the final project to this post.
I have included the first assignment for my group’s HSIQ project. We are working together to improve a problem that we have seen on our clinical rotations. The first part of the HSIQ project was to determine 5 areas of waste and redundancy and then narrow them down to one problem that can be addressed through our HSIQ project intervention.
I had the opportunity to present my research on medication errors with anticonvulsant drugs on several occasions. I presented my poster at the OSU COM research fair in April 2014. I presented at the SAEM conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in September 2016. I have plans to present at an ACP conference in Columbus, Ohio in October 2016 and was accepted to present at the national AAP meeting in San Francisco, California in October 2016.
I have attached my poster to this post.
Reflection from 10/18/2013: I recently had the opportunity to volunteer at the Columbus Free Clinic. This was a very rewarding experience that helped reaffirm my commitment to medicine and my decision to become a doctor. As a first year medical student, it is easy to get caught up in studying and the stress of memorizing the material and having all the correct answers; so, this was a very refreshing experience. I was especially struck by how grateful the patients were to be receiving healthcare. Being able to provide this service to people in need was very rewarding and kept me energized all night.
I especially enjoyed having the chance to work with the residents to help diagnose each patient. These doctors made me proud to be a physician-in-training because I was impressed by not only how well they worked with the patients but also how good they were at teaching me and the other medical students who were working with them. I know residents work extremely long hours, so I was humbled at the fact that they were volunteering their time to work at the free clinic and also to help us learn while they did their jobs. I admired their patience and hope to continue to work at free clinics as a future physician.
In order to be seen at the free clinic, patients must arrive at the site by 4:30pm and then can wait to be seen until as late as 8pm. However, I did not encounter one angry patient during my time volunteering. They were all extremely patient and thankful to be receiving care. The experience helped put the importance of medicine into perspective for me and reminded me why I want to become a physician.
Later that year I applied to become a steering committee member of the Columbus Free Clinic. I loved volunteering that the clinic and wanted to become as involved as possible. Below is my application for this position.
Now a few years later, I am happy to say that I was accepted to fill the role of steering committee member of the Columbus Free Clinic and through that experience I learned a lot about myself and healthcare in general. This experience helped me to decide that I wanted to pursue a career in emergency medicine and it made me better understand the obstacles facing patients who do not receive adequate healthcare. I owe a lot to my time spent helping to run the free clinic. I am happy that this was such an important part of my medical school career.
Above is a picture of me with the rest of the steering committee for the Columbus Free Clinic.
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