International Medical Rotations

Latest posts by Zachary L. Gentry, MD, MBA (see all)

This past spring, I had the pleasure of spending a month with our site’s founder, Dr. Carter Boyd, doing a general surgery rotation at a public hospital in Lima, Peru. At our medical school, we have an Office of International Medical Education (IME), whose mission is to provide students both research and clinical experiences abroad.Continue reading “International Medical Rotations”


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If you are like me, then you probably have trouble staying organized while obtaining a problem-focused history. I have found that I must rely on frameworks and schemas to keep all the information straight. The framework I use most often is the mnemonic “OLD CARTS.” It stands for Onset, Location, Duration, Character, Aggravating/Alleviating factors, Radiation,Continue reading “OLD CARTS”

Using The R.I.M.E. Model

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Early in my training one of my mentors introduced me to the R.I.M.E. model for setting clinical goals as a medical trainee. This model was developed by Dr. Louis Pangaro, MD, Chairman of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University and is used across the world to help students learn and grow. R.I.M.E stands for: Reporter,Continue reading “Using The R.I.M.E. Model”

How to Make the Most of Rounds When Not Presenting

Rounding is the most important part of the day for the medical team. This is when in-depth discussions occur and daily plans of action are decided. As a medical student on clinical rotations in the hospital, your day revolves around morning rounds. For most rotations, a large part of your evaluation is based on performanceContinue reading “How to Make the Most of Rounds When Not Presenting”

How a Thoughtful Patient History Helps Build a Differential

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One of the ways you will be evaluated on your internal medicine clerkship is by your ability to develop a differential diagnosis. In this post, we will focus on how a thoughtful patient history can help you formulate a differential diagnosis and ultimately guide your diagnostic and treatment plan.  There is a saying, “A problemContinue reading “How a Thoughtful Patient History Helps Build a Differential”

How to perform well on an acting internship

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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An acting internship represents a unique opportunity and challenge for medical students. The acting internship is a nice transition from clerkships to intern year adding volume and responsibility to your workload. Acting internships are important for your residency applications as letters of recommendation often stem from these experiences. You want to perform well and demonstrateContinue reading “How to perform well on an acting internship”

Medical Student Success in the Operating Room

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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On your surgical clerkship, you will have the opportunity to spend time watching and scrubbing cases in the operating room. This is a unique experience in one’s medical school education. On a surgery rotation, it is not uncommon that the only time students interact with attendings is in the operating room. Thus, you want toContinue reading “Medical Student Success in the Operating Room”

Oral Presentations on Clerkships

The oral presentation of patients on rounds is an integral skill for medical students to develop. You are communicating how the patient’s current symptoms, past medical problems, exam findings, and lab results play together into a coherent story. You could be the smartest medical student in the hospital, but if you can’t effectively communicate thisContinue reading “Oral Presentations on Clerkships”

How to Ask for Constructive Feedback

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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As you progress through various rotations, ask for constructive feedback. It will make you a better medical student and better physician. Who to ask? Ask anyone on the team that you had meaningful and consistent interactions with to provide you with constructive feedback. This list may include the attending, residents, interns, and older medical studentsContinue reading “How to Ask for Constructive Feedback”

5 Reasons to Take the Difficult Patients on Your Clerkships

When joining a clinical team during clerkships, one of the first things you will be asked is, “Are there any patients you are particularly interested in following?” When you are nervous about performance, it can be tempting to choose a relatively simple patient. Here, I will encourage you to choose difficult patients. 1. Faster LearningContinue reading “5 Reasons to Take the Difficult Patients on Your Clerkships”