Sometimes the only way we can learn is through experience. But Ben W Griffiths wonders whether we should expect patients to share all with medical students
- By: Ben W Griffiths
I'm just going to listen to your back a little. Could you just say “99' for me?” “99.” “That's super. And once again if you would.” An uncomfortable silence consumes the bedside as I try to demonstrate my impeccable manner. “Sorry sir. Could you just say it again for me?”
Nothing. Deaf? Asleep? Dead? I could not tell. I glanced at my peer with a look of uncertainty. She discounted the first and last suggestion and reflected my thoughts exactly, right down to the tempting but immoral possibility of sneaking away unnoticed.
I understand the need for experience. As in many walks of life often experience is the only way of learning. One aspect of being a medical student, however, I find awkward at best. I am not lambasting the ruthless consultants, because I have found them to be a far throw from their stereotype. They generally accept the limitations