I found it helped to be eager to learn, and to show that eagerness to your preceptors: Explain to them that you’ll be studying every night, ask them how you can an excellent student for them, be the first to volunteer to see the next patient, ask relevant questions about cases you see.
Make sure to step up and ask to get hands on early, ask if you can suture, ask if you can do the injection, the worst they can say is no, and they’ll usually try and get you involved at the next opportunity.
Always try to be in the action without getting in the way, this can mean helping in a trauma or code by being an extra pair of hands for the team, by grabbing towels, saline, tubes, and helping to move the patient. I always tried to put gloves if my preceptor did, this was the easiest way to move from watching to doing – if you are ready to dab blood and cut sutures you might get to do the next stitch or lesion removal.
Make sure to introduce yourself to everyone, including the nursing and secretary staff. Always be polite, they can be a huge help when you need to find something, need help with the EMR, or need some guidance.
When your preceptor asks you for information you missed just admit that you missed it, resist the urge to get defensive or overexplain (even if you had a good reason), instead just say “I did not get that info, but I’ll go get it now”.
Take feedback seriously and try not to make the same mistake twice, show that you’re learning and capable of receiving constructive feedback. Remember you’re not being punished, you’re there to learn, you will miss things but you can learn from those experiences.
Make sure you clean up the room fully after any procedures and fully dispose of any sharps – this will earn you big points with clinic staff.