15+ Year Member
- Sep 30, 2003
- Medical Student
I only have one free month in my 4th year of med school, and want to get some intensive care experience. Which type of rotation would be best for me to do?
It really depends on the institution. Some MICU rotations are awesome, while others aren't. I think the most bang for the buck is with a surgical ICU rotation since they tend to be of higher acuity.OSUdoc08 said:I only have one free month in my 4th year of med school, and want to get some intensive care experience. Which type of rotation would be best for me to do?
I second the sentiment on both points. But I would also add that a VA SICU is an entire different animal. That is to say, not always surgeons around to steal the procedures, so it can be cool.12R34Y said:MICU hands down in my opinion.
The 2 SICU's I had experience with in medical school were dismal. Lots of bowel surgery/CABG ancient patients with colostomies and sepsis that had been there forever.
Surgeon's (especially the interns) stole all of the procedures b/c they are surgeons and that's what they like to do.
MICU was amazing. Sepsis, anaphylaxis, PE's, all shocks states, meningitis, overdoses, electrolyte problems etc, DKA's, renal failure
VERY PERTINENT to the ER.
Tons of procedures in MICU (got all of my central lines, art lines and tubes in MICU month during medical school).....thoracentesis very common, SWAnz's, vent management.
Reading CXR's with pulmonologists every morning. It was great.
I've been doing some research into some hospitals, and haven't found anything with that title. Where would I find this information?drewpydog said:How about a dedicated trauma ICU rotation? I learned a lot on mine.