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Is it okay to look tired on rotations?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Eilat87, Jul 31, 2012.

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  1. Eilat87

    Eilat87 MS-4 7+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2009
    the empire stizzay!
    I'm on surgery right now and it's tiring as you know what.

    Should I get better at hiding how tired I am?

    And half the time I feel like I don't know what I'm doing or what I'm supposed to be doing.

    Should I get better at hiding that as well?

    I feel like they're both good skills to master.
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  3. johnnydrama

    johnnydrama I'm no Superman 10+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    If you can hide these things, of course.

    Your attendings probably expect some level of ignorance on your part, but no one will feel sorry for you if you complain you are tired or show a lack of interest.
  4. Eilat87

    Eilat87 MS-4 7+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2009
    the empire stizzay!
    Oh, I know never to complain. And at the very least, I'd feign interest. Just hard to do it with a smile sometimes.
  5. joeDO2

    joeDO2 7+ Year Member

    May 18, 2010
    at one of the medical student conferences one of the PDs stated one of the most important things a student can do on a rotation is act interested and enthusiastic about a rotation and therefore to do whatever you can (drink 5 cups of coffee prior to coming in) to not act disinterested.
  6. VenusinFurs

    VenusinFurs I am tired, I am weary 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2009
    Hell yeah, it's fine. You might not get an A but whatever.
  7. neusu

    neusu Staff Member SDN Administrator 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Also, if female, wake up an hour early to do your hair and makeup.
  8. thepoopologist

    thepoopologist Ph.D in Clinical Meconium Bronze Donor 7+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    Honestly, I think the main things are to:

    1. Not be lazy
    2. Converse, whether it is about medicine or not

    Everything else is in the periphery, including looking tired.
  9. ArcGurren

    ArcGurren only one will survive 2+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    Thankfully by the time I had gotten through most of my surgery rotation, I no longer gave two ****s about whether I looked tired or not, given that the surgery residents themselves look ridiculously tired. If they fault you for also looking tired, then they have major self-esteem issues to be taking it out on the student.
  10. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    People equate yawning and nodding off to being bored. If the people evaluating you think you find their job boring, they wont think highly of you. Plus in some cases residents are pulling longer hours than you, or lived under the 30 hour call system, and will have no pity. So no, it's not a good idea to look tired.

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