I am in the process of setting up my ACNP clinical rotation for next year. All of my experience is in cardiology which is what I want to focus on when I finish (I think). Because of this, my program coordinator does not want me to do any cardiology rotations (until my final 8 week intensive clinical) but rather focus on things I am not familiar with. I know she is right, but I am really scared to step out of my box!
Anyway, can anyone suggest rotations that they found to be very helpful. We have a big dialysis/renal population where I live, so I'm thinking that should be one. I need to do Internal Medicine, and I'm thinking ER... maybe Pulmonary or neuro?
Also, we only have 10-12 days in each rotation. How do you learn everything you need to in that short amount if time? How can I prepare myself before each clinical and how can I make the most of that time?
Thanks for any advice!
Sep 26, '09
I think it's always good to have a semester of Internal Medicine/Hospitalist Medicine rotation to give you a broad and generalized base of knowledge and skills in acute care management in the adult. It's also good to have a Critical Care rotation so that you can have the exposure to procedures, hemodynamics, vent management, etc. The other rotations can be totally up to you depending on your interests: Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, General Surgery/Trauma, Adult ER.
Dec 13, '09
I found the Internal Medicine rotations the most beneficial. I did a total of 2 and would have done a 3rd but I chose a specialty because it carried potential to become a job after graduation, and it did.
I found that IM had to know a little of everything. When specialists were consulted both my IM preceptors kept close tabs on treatment options implemented by those specialist, yet kept an eye on the BIG picture. This exposure to different specialties through consultation, provided what I thought of as a great learning opportunity.