Lack of Variability in Clinical Settings
Our clinical assignments for the upcoming semester recently went out, and I have some concerns about again being placed in an outpatient orthopedic setting. The majority of my classmates will be at completely different settings than they were last semester, but there are a few of us who aren't going to see much change. I recognize that I still have quite a few rotations to complete over the course of my education, but I can't help but be disappointed at the lack of variability in my first year.
By no means am I saying that I'm even close to competent in the outpatient orthopedic setting. There is so much to learn, and it would take far more than two rotations to even be comfortable. However, I was hoping to have both an outpatient and inpatient experience prior to my full-time clinical this coming summer. The full-time rotation will obviously be the best learning experience, but I was hoping to have a more diverse knowledge base going into it. I'm also disappointed because I have an opportunity to complete the summer clinical abroad, and I was hoping to have a broader resume to promote myself.
I'm sure everyone has encountered some sort of anxiety in regard to their clinical assignments. I keep trying to remind myself that I will have ample opportunity within the next two years to gain experience in as many settings as possible. I just hope this first year doesn't dictate or predict what my remaining clinical placements will be like.