These tips are partially sensible, but ... You can't protect yourself from the smell! Perhaps with a gas mask. No masks with spirits will save you, it will be even worse. So don't make people laugh. And then, a truly unpleasant smell is only in the forensic examination, and in the usual pathological department there are usually quite fresh corpses.
In general, the sight is not pleasant, and everyone decides for himself how to react to it. But if your goal is to learn medicine, then you should be guided by the slogan that once hung over every morgue: "Here the dead teach the living."
Good luck! Each profession has its own troubles. And believe me: this is far from the most unpleasant nuisance on the long journey of learning our profession.
So, as a student.
Smell. - You will be wearing a mask. You can put something on the mask that smells not like corpses. However, I did not do that (vyunosh), and in practice it is quite a sufficient option with a completely unpleasant odor to press the edge of the palm against the septum of the nose, leaving a small gap for inhalation between the skin of the hand and the nostrils. I assure others in this situation will treat your gesture with understanding.
Spectacle. - It is unlikely that some sinister will lead the newcomers straight to the halls of the forensic medical examination, where usually half-decomposed corpses live. Rather, for the first time, you will find classic ripped abdomens / chests, ordinary formalin baths with floating brains, and formal training corpses in varying degrees of preparation. For me in the 9th grade (vocational guidance, yoshkin cat), the most shock were red balls instead of heads. Because it is absolutely unexpected and unreality. - And, it turns out, at the beginning of the autopsy, the vault of the skull is opened to remove the cranial cover: the skin is incised in an arc from behind and the scalp is wrapped over the face. - Then, of course, everything is returned to its place, after completing the research.
What can I say; not very pleasant, but you get used to it - very quickly. I can advise you to come closer, what they offer - touch, hold, etc. All jokes aside: the more you engage in interaction with objects, the less space and context your imagination will roam.
And you have no doubt: our psyche is well and quickly protected. Very, very soon you will see only objects, things in dead bodies and their parts. Without any sacred and quivering component.
To vomit someone, never see or hear. If your head starts spinning - well, like after donating blood: sit down, head low, between your knees ... Everything, go ahead.
... More often not in the morgue, but afterwards "catches up".
Then, in the 9th grade, for two weeks I looked at passers-by as living dead, who are not dead only temporarily. (Well, actually it is)) I haven't eaten my favorite navaga for a month: well, because it also has cut ribs sticking out. And when the wind blew from Sulfate (pulp and paper production), everything was remembered very vividly, because there was methyl mercaptan in the emissions - one of those gases that make up the aromas of the deceased.
But everything passed quickly .
You will not be the first to walk around the morgue, all of us, doctors, get there many, many times during our lifetime)))
If it stinks badly, breathe through the napkin. And do not dive into it all at once, come gradually. If you are so worried, then otherwise you risk mental damage.