Actually a pretty stellar physicianMonday, December 28th, 2009 by Shaun Patel
Another calendar year is almost over, and this one marks the end of a decade as well. How are we going to say the date out loud? “Ten?” “One-Zero?” “O-Nine Plus One?” Either way, it’s going to be a little strange. There have been plenty of “Best _______ of the Last 10 Years” articles all over the internet recently and I’m sure you’ve seen some of them. Especially for any hockey fans out there, my favorite thus far is below (Thanks for the link, Kevin).
I am currently on winter break and it has been great spending time with family and friends. I’ve also been able to catch up on some movies, reading, and yes, medical TV shows. There are so many medical shows out there and I’ve concluded that it is indeed possible to obtain a well rounded medical education from watching the right combination. It won’t compare to a Michigan education, but below is my formula for success for those that wish to try. Let me know how it goes. I may just establish a new med school and take home schooling to a whole new level.
Solid basic science/clinical knowledge – House
+ Good bedside manner – Scrubs
+ Quick reaction time – Trauma
+ Knowledge of medical school class dynamics – Scrubs Season 9 (current season)
+ Knowledge of hospital logistics/hierarchy – Scrubs, Mercy, HawthoRNe
+ Knowledge of private practice life – Private Practice
+ Effectively dealing with nurses – Mercy, HawthoRNe
+ Efficiency in medical care and expenses – Royal Pains
+ Increasing revenue – Nip/Tuck
+ Sharp gossiping skills – Grey’s Anatomy
= Actually a pretty stellar physician
Back in real life, another aspect of the Michigan curriculum that I haven’t written about yet is our “Longitudinal Cases (LC)” small group. During most of our sequences throughout the first two years of med school, we have a weekly small group on a patient case in which we discuss not only the medical features of care, but also the social, cultural, and financial aspects. It encourages us to make connections between the patient case and what we learn in lectures, as well as helps us understand the many other variables that can influence patient care.
I hope everyone enjoys the last remaining days of the decade!
Until next year,