Here’s an incredibly incisive piece about medical licensing board complaints and the adverse psychological sequelae.
Matt Freeman DNP, MPH
“Doug” looked happy to be in a white coat. He was energetic, intrigued, and looked genuinely happy to be working with me. Doug was medical student, assigned to me just for a few evenings at a free clinic. Like me, he spoke Spanish, and liked the opportunity to put his language skills to work.
Doug was ahead of the game. He was quick to formulate a provisional diagnosis and plan. One patient had come in for a follow up on her high blood pressure. I would often ask questions like “so what crosses your mind in a hypertension follow-up visit?” Most students would volunteer thoughtful suggestions like, “Make certain that she hasn’t run out of pills.” Doug was thinking ahead: “See if she has signs of heart failure.” That was worth an “A+” in my experience teaching first- and second-year students.
Doug went on to residency…
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