What do I do now?
- By: Griffin Trotter, Kate Christensen
As medical students we are given no instructions on the proper way to identify ourselves. Sometimes on ward rounds the doctors introduce us to patients as “Dr So and So,” and students are not discouraged from describing themselves the same way. I even overheard a doctor instructing a student to take a history from a patient, "But, don't tell her you are a medical student because she won't talk to you. I am uneasy about this dishonest self description. But the practice is common, and when I introduce myself as a medical student, I get the feeling people think that it is silly or unnecessary.
What is wrong with this? From our perspective, very little, aside from some qualms about the slight dishonesty involved. The problem becomes obvious when we change places with the patient“now how does this slight dishonesty look? I am being introduced to the doctor who has