To get the most out of your placement you need to ensure that you have11:
- Planned – have you given due thought to the placement, what are your learning objectives and goals for this placement? Are they realistic given the type of placement, caseload and placement duration?
- The right attitude – you are there to learn – try not to be arrogant, anxious or overwhelmed. Be focused on learning, don’t appear bored or complacent.
- The right aptitude – ensure your have done your homework and have the required baseline of clinical skills, communication skills and knowledge to optimise this placement.
Well-prepared students, who demonstrate professionalism, are willing and able to adapt their learning style to new environments, have done their own preparation, and are willing to ask questions and take appropriate risks have been shown to have positive learning experiences2.