I enjoyed working in the ED. I felt like I was able to make a difference through helping providers optimize EPIC to improve work flow efficiency. I never felt overwhelmed by questions and problems, but remained consistently busy during my shifts. All the administrators and staff were receptive to our efforts.
I had a great time working with MedDocLive to teach providers how to use EPIC for the first time. Not only did we get flown out, put up in a nice hotel, and paid handsomely for our work, but as a fourth-year medical student I got to network with people in a residency program I was exploring and even teach a major player in my field how to use the EMR! I would do it again in a heartbeat, and I hope you’ll keep me in mind for future go-lives.
I was quite apprehensive about the first day of using the EPIC at our hospital. Having a medical student round with me at the beginning of “go-live” to guide me through the process brought the anxiety level down tremendously. The physicians at my hospital all had training on the program beforehand, but there is no way to really learn it without using it on real patients during rounds. What I loved about the students was that they thought like doctors and could relate to the things I needed, from the most efficient way to review labs and vital signs to generating useful templates for notes. Nothing was theoretical; it was from their four years of experience using the program day after day. The physicians in our program raved about them and I expressed my thanks to our administration for having the wisdom to utilize their knowledge and expertise during this transition.