I will keep this short as possible.
I am in my last semester for my AGNP program. I am with a physician who is 65-75 yrs old. During my rotations the doctor enjoys talking about so many off topic nonclinical subjects its draining to me. His staff, residents and other NP students warned me about this. Many people just redirect him but they don't have to be around him for 8 hours. For us that do we suffer.
I just try to learn as much as I can and make the most out of my learning experience but the excessive talking is affecting my motivation and attitude about attending the site. One example...
I told the doctor I needed to leave by a certain time which by the way he agreed to do partial days. I work full time. Some days I have class and many days I need to get home and get things done to properly manage my time for studying, sleep, homework, school projects, and household chores. I decided this was my last patient to leave on time and I waited 30 minutes to present to him as he talked about politics and how bad piracy (in the seas) is the worse its ever been. I ended up leaving 45 minutes later than I wanted.
During clinical days, I prefer to discuss things like assessment findings, differential diagnosis, disease processes, assessments and plans. For the most part we talk about these things but I feel I have to sit there in between the important stuff and be forced to listen to the election/politics, religion, history (War with Britain, civil wars, rise of the Roman empire), cooking, government conspiracies, just to name a few.
I am looking at my Preceptor evaluation form and its asking me for feedback. I would like to say something but not come off mean, disrespectful or unappreciative but I have like a 85 hrs left and I dread going because of this. It is affecting my learning experience and I personally thing I could be having more beneficial medical related discussion that will help me advance.
1. Is there anyway I could tell him without being offensive or just suck up the last 85 hours and get it over with?
2. How can I provide constructive feedback or should I just not mention it?