A guide to medical etiquette: revealing yourself-the Do's and Don'ts
- By: David McAllister
Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and the experienced medical student all have something in common. Each has learned the value of not revealing themselves to others in public. Some of the inexperienced among you may be under the impression that it is fine to tell people that you are a medical student.
This may once have been the case. The medical profession worked long to establish the widespread regard and concomitant professional status we have seen through most of this century. Now, however, the reins of power have slipped. You are more likely to receive a diatribe on Bristol babies' hearts and a detailed critique of “the reductionist approach to healing.” Discretion is your watchword. Although there are times when you should reveal your identity, most of the time you should not.
Don't reveal yourself when…
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