That time of the year has finally come!
As we head into the new semester, all second years need to start deciding where we’d like our paths to unfold for clerkship beginning next year.
What is clerkship? It’s when we stop learning in class (Years 1+2) and start learning in the hospital (Years 3+4). Finally, yay!
Year 3 comprises of 5 hospital rotations, each 8 weeks long and must completed in the following order: General Practice, Surgery, Mental Health, Medicine, and Medicine in Society. We can start with whichever rotation, but they must follow that order.
Year 4 will continue with more rotations in other specialties including Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics.
So now the question is, in which order do I want to complete my Year 3 rotations and more importantly, which Clinical School would I like to attend?
After much thought and consideration, I have decided to pick my current hospital, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH) as my first choice and hope to start with Medicine in Society.
Medicine in Society sounds particularly interesting. As international students, we have the option of organizing a rural rotation back home or stay in Brisbane and complete it in the field of Rehab, Indigenous Health, Geriatrics and/or Palliative. I don’t plan to go back to Canada for any rotations until 4th year, but I’ve always found Palliative Care and Geriatrics interesting!
Why RBWH? It has many perks including being a huge quaternary and tertiary hospital (largest in Queensland) and only a few minutes from home… 😀
I’m glad I’ve finally made up my mind. Our allocation system will be opening a week from today. I hope I’ll get my first choices!