Things to Know and Do

Things To Know and Do During Experiences

Your experiences can be a test of your goals, a curiosity about work or a profession, a learning opportunity, or a place where you can work, lead, and obtain a great sense of accomplishment. Toward these goals, you might ....

  • Keep a journal of your experiences
  • Note details ...  the names of the individuals you work with, their titles, program, and contact information in case you want to contact them later on, use them as a reference, or include this experience in your application to medical schools.
  • For research experiences, take notes on the overall goal, techniques and methodology, your responsibilities on a project, your results and what you learned; be sure to understand why the research is important and any potential applications to medicine.
  • Record your experiences and reflections on Advisestream once a semester
  • Read books by or about physicians, articles on health care, and internet blogs on health.
  • Read articles that deal with the health care issues you are exposed to or articles that deal with the people and cultures you work with
  • Think about what you have learned (think about the "competencies")

Be sure to use best practices:

  • Be polite and respectful of people, patients, and health care providers
  • Know proper procedures and follow them; know when to ask questions; keep confidential information confidential
  • Dress appropriately (usually business casual, no open toed shoes in hospitals, no shorts or short skirts or T shirts, and no clothing or dress that might be offensive to others)
  • Show up on time or early, follow through with your commitments and cancel only for emergencies.  People will depend on you, as an individual, and the work you perform, and you also serve as a representative of Duke University
  • Thank your supervisors/mentors/team when you finish (a thank-you note or email will be appreciated)