As I touched on in a previous post, we ended on a major high note for this year. The end of classroom learning and, more importantly, the end of exams. It was a glorious day, to know we would never have to spend hours on end cramming for exams. What I did not mention was that our excitement was cut short by the imminent fourth year.
Almost immediately after our last exam finished, we went right into four hours of fourth-year orientation. The real world started pounding on our door! We started with an overall address from a few clinicians, the associate dean, and the hospital director as to how a few things worked in the hospital. We talked about a lot of stuff, including that we will now be asked to make decisions and how we need to develop our communication skills to get along with clients, clinicians, and each other. We also learned that our class would be the first to deal with a couple of new computer systems being put into the hospital this summer, while the school switches from paper records to entirely digital.
We luckily caught a break for a free lunch and a chance to take one last blue coat picture all together. Our next group photo will be next year when we’re wearing white coats! Lastly, we went to a few stations in the hospital where we heard brief overviews on topics such as biosecurity, sample handling, and safety. I’m hoping to remember some of the important bits, because my brain was a little fried from finals.