Clinical Rotations in Chicago
What are clinical rotations and why they’re necessary?
Medical students spend the last two years in school undergoing clinical
rotations. During clinical rotations, these aspiring doctors spend time
as part of a medical team that treats and diagnoses patients. For most,
this period of their careers would mark their first interactions with
patients. It highlights the importance of having hands-on, real-world
experience that cannot be compared to literary study, despite the abundant
amount of time spent in the classroom. Encountering and understanding
the human element through these interactions with real patients and their
afflictions are crucial to the development of successful future medical
What are the benefits of completing your clinical rotations at Loretto?
Loretto’s clinical rotations in Chicago produce new graduates each
year. Students experience a wide variety of specialties under the guidance
of seasoned residents and attending physicians. Each day students will
interact with patients and be faced with difficult real-world situations.
Clinical Rotations are a great way to gain experience but can also function
as informal interviews for future doctors. Each day spent in clinical
rotations allows medical personnel to vet potential candidates for positions
at Loretto or other practices and hospitals.
What challenges will you expect to face?
Clinical rotations are a change of pace from how you learn in the classroom.
In clinical rotations at Loretto, you will experience real-world situations
and learn by doing. In many of these clinical rotations, students become
exposed to the vast use of acronyms, the struggles with time management,
and developing resilience and emotional intelligence for difficult situations.
How can I succeed in my clinical rotation?
Here are five tips that will help you during your time in clinical rotations.
- Understand your patients - Knowing your patient’s medical history
and understanding their symptoms will give you a better idea of what treatments
will work best.
- Go the extra mile - Students who have seen the most success dedicate time
outside of the rotation in supplemental studies for their patients. Knowing
your patient and your desire to learn all about their health history will
help you get a more accurate and proper diagnosis.
- Use the resources provided - The best resource you have is your medical
professionals and fellow students around you. Whenever you come across
a situation or any concerns you have about your patient, present the following
to other staff members. Chances are they have seen a case similar and
would be able to guide you in the proper direction. Never be afraid to ask!
- Make sure you are constantly studying - Schedule your study sessions. You’ll
be juggling more and more tasks each day. Having a schedule and a growth
mindset is important in any medical field.
- Be open to constructive criticism - Seek out feedback routinely from all
your fellow staff members. During your clinical rotations, you will be
faced with many new situations and feedback from other medical professionals
will only help your overall growth.
What makes clinical rotations at Loretto different from other clinical
rotations in Chicago?
The Loretto hospital serves more than 33,000 patients each year in a wide
spectrum of departments. From primary care, geriatric medicine, vision
care, behavioral health services to pediatrics, women’s health,
podiatric medicine, family planning, and dental services, you’ll
be exposed to a wide range of disciplines and patients. Loretto’s
clinical rotations in Chicago puts a large emphasis on the focus our top
physicians give to each student. Equipping you with the right tools for
your future as a medical professional is detrimental to our program.