Monday, December 06, 2010
We deal with a lot of students. Nursing students, medic students, PA and NP students. The overwhelming majority are med students. Their third and fourth years are spent doing the rounds through the different departments and specialties. I guess the idea is that they will get a taste of everything and then know what they want to be when they grow up. I mostly see them when they are on trauma (third year) and when they do ER electives (fourth year).
One thing I have found... they are not created equal. They ones that I seem to click with the most are the ones who have had real life experiences. They have worked real jobs and know that life isn't handed on a silver platter. One of my best buddies (and a damn good doc) was a bar tender prior to med school. She is able to relate to people on a real level. I think that is why she is so successful. I have run into students who have never had a real job. Their whole existence has been focused on "becoming a doctor." I think once that happens they have to realize what was lost in the process. How can you be a doctor for people if you don't really know who people are?
That's one of the things that I do love about emergency medicine. We see everybody. A couple of weeks ago I took care of a state senator.... and then some drunk dude who wanted "512's" (512=percocet.... one of the many lessons I have learned). I have cared for nobel prize winners, celebrated physicians and minor celebrities. My last night in the trauma room I was the nurse for a cute 23 year old navy kid who is being deployed and a young girl who starts nursing school in a couple of weeks.
My students that night in the trauma room were great. One was a city medic who is going through med school. Most of the medics that I know who have gone through med school have been excellent. There are a few who have forgotten where they came from. They forget that going through school doesn't make you better or more important.... just a little more, or differently educated.
I try not to forget where I have come from. I remember what it was like to be new and learning things. I think that's why I like students so much. I love teaching... when they want to be there and learn.
Ok, boring as hell today, this I know. I will have to remember some more of the night that stupid fell from the sky and update then!