mylifeinmedicineblog.com
A Day in the life of a Medical Student |
My First Real Patient Evaluation: Ever wondered how doctors learn to treat and interact with patients? I can tell you it does not come naturally to many, myself included. First year of medical school goes by and all you have truly done is interact with Standardized patients, which are basically paid actors who portray a particular symptomatology and history. During this year they teach us how to talk to the patient and to get comfortable asking any type of question, sensitive or not. Don’t get me wrong, we do see real patients during community health fairs, but it is not necessarily in a medical setting, as most of those people are relatively healthy. We also get the opportunity to go visit a primary care physician’s office and “shadow” them or other students. Here you can see “real” patients but you cannot interact not one on one, which is what we all aspire to. Second year takes off with Introduction to Clinical Skills, the course that basically teaches you how to perform a physical examination and more interaction with Standardized patients. First semester ends with the OSCE which is nothing other than an examination in which we are evaluated on how …