Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Pleasant diversion

In this, our penultimate week of medical school, the administration has planned for us a variety of classes. Nothing serious or stressful, just refreshers on medical-legal ethics, lectures on how to give appropriate feedback as interns teaching med students, cap and gown distribution, etc. Everything is done by noon, and I think it's mostly a way for our faculty to pull everyone together for one last moment of bonding before we scatter to the winds.

The highlight of the morning came from the feedback/basic educator lecture, in which our learned teacher put up the following slide regarding learning environments, which he called the Starling curve of learning climate as it affects medical students, particularly in lecture:


Then this evening a group of us went to a local pro baseball game, and I was struck with how odd it is to have a classmate from California tell you, gesturing with one hand while the other holds a beer, in between cheers as he tells a story in his very relaxed, almost surfer-dude accent that "this lady had like a lymphogranulomatous vasculitis or something." I realized, again, that all of us are just human, and though we've crammed a ridiculous amount of information into ourselves over four years, and we've changed a great deal in some ways while doing so, we still take that information and apply it with the humanity we brought here, accents and all.

5 comments:

tmu said...

Nathan, Congratulations on this VERY significant achievement! This has been a monumental journey, and we appreciate you allowing us to ride along vicariously. We all have enjoyed your blog and sure hope you keep it up as you are able to.

thebeloved said...

I am so glad all the knowledge gets applied with humanity... otherwise we all would be lost! I live with a med student. If she couldn't relate life and all those wacky words then there would be no talking with her!

thebeloved said...

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medstudentitis said...

We in the blogworld miss you. So I tagged you for another meme!

Ms-Ellisa said...

now you have to write 16 facts about yourself :-)
Yes, whenever an "ending" of sth approaches it feels that way. But everytime the new thingbeginning feels even better. I think that's how it goes...
:-)