1. Get to know the drugs a lot better. I know how the classes work, but I need to be more familiar with their names and how they are used, and seeing this clinically should help a lot.
2. Memorise the main diagnoses of the DSM-IV that I don't already know (such as personality disorders).
3. Do a lot of patient interviews, depending on how the department works and how happy the patients are to sit down for an interview.
4. Spend time seeing how the department functions, and hopefully slot in somewhere. This is the part that I am most uncertain about, but I'll be tagging along and hopefully not be the ultra-passive student who just sits in the corner and says nothing. I think I need to have some faith in my own ability to communicate and know what is appropriate.
5. Learn the public health component that they slot into this part of our course. Joy.
I know that we have an orientation at the start of the rotation, so hopefully that will answer a few questions.
In the meantime, I need to go shoe shopping. Adios!