The Glorious Tradition of “See One, Do One, Teach One”

COMMENTARY: The time-honored philosophy of “See One, Do One, Teach One” seems to have become yet another senseless casualty in the conspiracy to “modernize” medical education. In the good old days, all a patient needed to know was that his or her doctor had once seen a heart transplant and had been endowed by the power of Medicine with an instinctive ability to perform that transplant unsupervised when the opportunity arose. We didn’t have this ridiculous reliance on repetition and supervision. These days, people are always asking, “How many of these have you done?”…”Is it safe?”…”What are the risks?” When Medicine was in its glory days, people didn’t ask insulting questions like these. Back then, the word “doctor” communicated an unassailable infallibility. A physician’s demands were called doctor’s “orders” for a reason; they were never meant to be questioned or challenged by some doubting pharmacist, clerk, or nurse. These orders were written in stone like commandments from the finger of the heavens. No real doctor would have stood by and allowed uppity patients to act like they had gone to medical school just because they had seen something in an internet or on one of these “Googles” somewhere. Trainees, too, have lost confidence in the medical gifts that allow them to perform inspired medical feats with no experience. When given a new assignment, a “learner” can often be heard...

An “Infectious” Video Game…That Won’t Give You a Virus

I haven’t yet started med school, hence the “almost” preceding my “MD,” but as an aspiring doc, I am always interested in the newest ways in which people can learn and teach others. Some people learn best through drawing cartoons and some through comic book stories but sometimes a more interactive approach is necessary. That’s where Microbe Invader comes into play [editor’s note: no pun intended]. This interactive, infectious disease-learning game prompts you to enter your name and gender and VOILA! you are a med student at “Happy Hospital” with a name badge and everything. My day began peacefully in my home, where I decided I wanted a sandwich before I began my first day of clinical rotations with Dr. Taylor, my infectious disease doc.   But I was hungry and I do my best learning after my morning custard   I quickly realized the custard was bad…   But made it to the clinic after a good bit of time. My attending even gave me a good scolding [editor’s note: too realistic?]. This is where my actual learning began. The game prompted me to speak with Dr. Taylor who explained to me that I was to see a patient and order tests, make diagnoses, and even provide treatment. She even directed to me to the clinic library, where I was provided valuable information about different bacteria and viruses. My first...

The 12 Different Kinds of Procrastinators

We all procrastinate. But while some peruse the internet, obsessively liking their non-med school friends’ Instagram photos, others take it upon themselves to become the next Paula Dean and try every recipe in the cookbook their aunt got for them…5 years ago. So which type of procrastinator are you? See this cartoon and more at 20px.com  ...

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