The senior resident will identify appropriate patients for students to see.
Support the students’ primary role with their patients. Help students identify the day’s tasks relative to each patient that they are caring for.
Keep students informed of events and decisions. Discuss imaging findings and consultants’ suggestions with them prior to rounds so they are prepared to answer the staff’s questions and relay necessary data.
Observing the procedure, explain the indications, risks/benefits, and techniques of the procedure. Similarly, take them on data rounds to look at CT scans or CXRs, or to review slides in Pathology.
Show respect for the students. When asking questions, it is better to ask, What would you do? rather than asking them to provide statistics on the prevalence of specific diseases.
Be respectful of students’ time. When the students have completed the tasks of the day, let them know it is okay for them to read about their patients or study independently. It is also okay for them to go home at the end of the workday.
Display professionalism in your contacts and interactions. This hidden curriculum has a profound impact on students and is often what they remember most about their clerkship experience. You set the culture!
Students appreciate feedback on their progress. A sandwich technique is very useful – comment on good things they are doing, discuss areas for improvement, then end on a positive note.
During most inpatient’s months you will have M3 and occasionally Sub-I students.
Patient’s assigned to Sub-I student will be followed by the senior resident. Interns may be responsible for covering those patients during senior resident days off.