1. Dress for success! This is not the place for scrubs or casual clothing. For many patients you will be the first person from the surgical team that they ever meet. Looking professional makes a difference.
2. Ask attending their preference: Do they want you to see patients independently, or with them?
3. Focus on seeing new patients
4. Presenting to attendings will typically be more formal than what you do on rounds. Be prepared!
What is the presenting complaint and likely diagnosis?
Does this patient need an operation?
What are their perioperative risk factors?
What (if any) tests or further workup do they need?