Every future doctor knows that clinical experience is important for building skills and confidence in the application of classroom knowledge. However, what is often overlooked is the perspective clinical experiences can provide in what life is as a doctor will be like.

Beyond learning valuable clinical skills, AMO visitor Andrea gained insight into the people side of clinical work from her preceptor. Andrea’s story of her pediatrics rotation made her our January Photo and Blog winner.

Read her full story below.

The Value in Earned Trust: Andrea’s Pediatrics Rotation

In January 2024, I had the opportunity to make a rotation in pediatrics medicine with Dr. U. in Orlando, Florida. As an international doctor, my main goal of the rotation was to learn about what pediatric medicine is like in the United States, but I learned so much more.

During my rotation, Dr. U. taught me about the main pediatric conditions, diagnostic methods, and treatments.

Likewise, she taught me about the importance of feeling honored by the trust that parents place in us to care for their children. Pediatrics medicine is not an easy job, but I have witnessed firsthand the incredible impact a pediatrician can have on the lives of young patients and their families. Dr. U.’s compassion, expertise, and dedication to providing the highest quality care have inspired me beyond measure. From diagnosing illnesses to comforting worried parents, every interaction with her has reaffirmed my passion for pediatric medicine.

I am very grateful to the AMO team for allowing me to have this experience that will help me to improve my medical skills. This experience is a watershed on my path, now I am more than convinced that my next milestone is to become a doctor in the United States.

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