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January 21, 2010



Med students who don't know how to use a microscope? At all? My 14yo can use a microscope!

The rest of it's pretty cool, though. Can't wait for your follow-up on why side-of-the-bed is important for the physical exam :)


It's good to hear things are changing. I'm working with ChiliTechnology and hoping that more hospitals will implement the ChiliPad to help bring greater comfort to their patients. It's a mattress pad that allows heating or cooling of any bed - the entire surface, not just the pillow.


Glad they're doing so well.

I've liked each and every med student I've met, both in the rheumatology and cardiology clinics I visit. (In fact, the first time I met my electrophysiologist, I felt much more at ease with the student than I did with him!)

red rabbit

Hm... med students who have done no anatomy or histology, who wear jeans on rotation, but who are excellent at the bedside: McMaster, right? There are a plethora of approaches running right now, and it's interesting to see the take of a person who has been around for the change.

I did histology and anatomy, never wore jeans on rotation, and was drilled on approaching a patient from the right. I went to one of the most traditional med schools in the country.

I like to think I got a better basic education, but I did struggle with clinical skills at the beginning. Given that I understand the difference between science and woo largely based on the fact that I know the anatomy, histology, and physiology, I don't know that I'd trade my education for theirs despite appearances.

The McMaster crop makes me wonder about the future of medicine. They have no concept of the mechanisms underlying the things they do. They (in my experience) have been susceptible to non-evidence based modalities and handwaving.


No, not McMaster but I believe our students were taught the same approach. My own training was about as traditional as they come so the difference is fairly dramatic. I haven't seen enough of them yet to see if this clinical comfort is at the cost of scientific soundness, as you suggest. Hope not.

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