Don’t Get Caught Listening to Your Patient!

The pupil and the teacher, one just a little ahead of the other.  William Osler Don’t Get Caught Listening to Your Patient! D. Micah Milgraum, MS4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Abstract: A fourth year medical student blunders while learning not to take everything a patient says at face value. Keywords: pityriasis rosea, medical student, tinea, listening, medical lingo, pimping, embarrassed, ringworm, patient presentation, lesson learned, herpes, dyshidrotic eczema During the fourth day of my first dermatology rotation, I enter one of the clinic’s patient exam rooms to meet a 42 year old man sitting on the examination table holding his palms out towards me. “What brings you into clinic today?” I ask. … Continue reading

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