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A good day in med school

August 15, 2009

Today was a good day in med school.  Why?  Simply put, because I felt like I was learning something that was concretely preparing me to be a doctor.

Don’t get me wrong.  Biochemistry, histology, pathology, cell biology and the like are all crucial to practicing medicine.  BUT, their connection to the day-to-day practice of medicine is not as obvious as something like patient interviewing skills.  So, when you’ve spent two weeks straight memorizing protein structures, binding dynamics, cell structures, intracellular structures, etc, etc, having a day when you actually get to talk to a patient and work on a few of the concrete “doctoring” skills is very much a welcome relief.

Granted, it wasn’t a real patient.  We were going over the structure of the medical interview in hands-on practice sessions with standardized patients (actors who act like real patients).  Close enough at this point.  Most surprising part of this session–how good the standardized patients were.  These people nailed their parts and it really did feel like interviewing a patient with a real condition.  Nice work standardized patients.

Back to the other stuff.

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