For new 3rd yr med students #med3advice


Category : Medical Rants

  1. You cannot make up the stories patients tell you
  2. You should not share these stories with your non-medical friends
  3. Read about your patients
  4. Keep a notebook (paper or digital) of clinical questions that you see each day
  5. Spend 30-60 minutes reading about those notebook entries each day (reading reinforces the discussion from rounds)
  6. Remember that your patients benefit from your caring
  7. Sit down, talk to your patients, touch them in an appropriate manner (I favor wrist pulse) – they benefit and you learn more
  8. Ask questions when you do not understand something
  9. Take care of your personal health – exercise, eat relatively intelligently, sleep enough
  10. Realize that medicine is a team sport – be a good team member
  11. Discover who you are in medicine
  12. Remember that medicine is all about the patients, not us

Comments (5)

Wonderful, meaningful list! Thanks for the honesty and humanness you bring to medicine.

#2a Do not share these stories with any one who is below you in medical school or wants to go to medical school.

It puts them off medicine and makes them think you are loony to go into the profession.

This is wonderful, shared on FB with my didactic students (PA) about to embark on their clinical year!

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