Medical students: a spotter's guide
James Thomas says that medical students can be subdivided into distinct groups. Here he describes the simple classification system
Observation is always the first step in any medical encounter and it would perhaps be wise to begin by looking at ourselves as practice. For the vast majority of us, medical school is a time of intense personal development. We arrive, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and leave five years later, the sheen on our minds sandpapered down to something duller and coarser. But in the first year, before the system has shaped us into dead eyed clones reciting lists and addicted to caffeine, medical students in whatever part of the country can be consistently subdivided into several distinct groups. Here then, to aid you in your long minutes of people watching between lectures, is the spotter's guide to medical students.
These gentle folk can be seen sitting at the front of the lecture hall, enraptured by every word, however dull, and outwardly appreciating the most banal of jokes. Mature