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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Advice for Dermatology Clinical Rotators

Current MS3s are beginning to plan their dermatology electives for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. During rotations, dermatology applicants often have more interactions with dermatology residents than faculty. What advice do dermatology residents offer applicants? How do rotators make the best impressions over a typical one month long audition? These are their suggestions about appropriate professional behavior while on elective:
-Respect boundaries. Do not go into residents’ offices without an invitation.
-Respect personal space. There is no need to physically get too close to residents or faculty. Do not touch students, staff, residents, fellows, or faculty.
-Certain facial expressions may be interpreted by others as anger. Try to smile more! Remember body language: crossed arms may convey the wrong message.
-Be enthusiastic and enjoy your rotation. Become a valuable team contributor. Take advantage of some of the many academic opportunities that typically arise during the rotation. Interested rotators often have the opportunity to co-author case reports or posters with residents, fellows, and faculty.