Getting the most out of your house officer
Sabina Dosani provides a useful insight into how to work with house officers
Sharp medical students have always known that being a help rather than a hindrance can nurture a relationship with house officers where both sides win. Rather than resenting teaching students, for which they are not paid, house officers are relieved of essential but time consuming tasks and medical students get hands on clinical experience and priceless learning opportunities.
Why are house officers worthy of this time and effort? House officers have passed examinations, examinations that you are soon to sit. And they have sat them more recently than senior members of your firm. They have yet to be swamped by postgraduate membership examinations, so they have a sense of perspective on what examiners expect. They know what you need and what is less important. Most house officers have revision notes and textbooks which are now gathering dust and need a new home. All acquired enough examination techniques to see them