Today’s inane image of the day:
|A view of the Grand Canyon [from my road trip] — isn’t it breathtaking?|
I find it fascinating how our view and understanding of the world around us is constantly molded by each new experience. Having never really traveled much, when I initially posed the idea of going on the road trip with Mike, I didn’t actually believe I’d go through with it. But weeks later, I found myself slowly but surely driving westward.
When we finally made it to the Grand Canyon, and I couldn’t believe what I saw. All at once, I felt disoriented but calm, enamored but frightened [I’m scared of heights…]. But the best feeling of all, was fulfillment. It wasn’t the kind of satisfaction that accompanies volunteer work, but the kind where you can happily cross something off your lifetime must-see/do list.
Today, I can add my first [standardized] patient interview to my basket of view-changing experiences.
There was nothing particularly remarkable about the experience; we were put into groups of 5 or 6 and assigned an attending and a room. We were further separated into pairs and each pair interviewed a standardized patient [in front of 4-5 other classmates and the attending]. After settling into our room, I offered to go first.
In retrospect, I wish the session had been recorded like our Medical Humanities interviews were. Although I was slightly nervous, I was also comfortable. Outside of that, I don’t really remember much of my interview [with the exception of the fact that I forgot to ask about smoking history… my patient presented with a cough…].
What did stick, were the interviews my peers conducted. I was in a very talented group of interviewers, but I still left the session amazed at how much we still had to learn about the art of patient interaction. So much can be said through facial expression, intonation, and overall body language. Yet, during the interview, many of us are so unaware of what we are conveying. Many of us remain blind to the subliminal messages we are sending.
Today’s medical school fact of the day: The brachial artery is a continuation of the axillary artery and runs through the arm. It has three branches: Profunda brachii artery, Super ulnar collateral artery, Inferior ulnar collateral artery. – From Dr. Bee’s lecture notes