How to answer questions
Impress your seniors with thought-out answers
- By: Eve Hartley, George Trafford, Sonia Bhangu, Aneel Bhangu
Doctors like to ask medical students questions, and the common response is the “rabbit in the headlights” syndrome. Answering questions can show off what you know, help you to pass exams, and help build good rapport with your senior colleagues. Although not all doctors will like questions being answered in the same way, they all appreciate a systematic approach, which may help you even when you don’t know the answer.
This isn’t about replacing basic medical facts or giving you more lists to learn: the structures should sit seamlessly with your increasing medical knowledge as you progress. This will help your comprehension and your application of this information by providing a logical structure for your approach to patients.1
Top tip—Doctors are not only looking for the right answer but just as importantly for structure in your answer.
Example—What is asthma/Crohn’s disease?
This type of question is annoyingly common and tricky