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Medicine Colored Glasses

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Three weeks ago, while studying for our Endocrine exam, my friend Joe starts to tell me about an experience he had online that really drove home the point that as medical students, we’re starting to view the world a bit differently from lay people. He read about this pregnant woman who went through a complicated delivery, and through screenshots of her facebook wall one can trace the sequence of events, and there’s posts like “just found out I’m not getting out of the hospital today. Stuck here for at least another day. Can’t remember being this disappointed in a very long time. Just want to get home to precious Isaac…” and it just gets progressively worse and things aren’t going well and eventually she dies.

And the whole time he’s talking about this I’m wondering “Huh, I wonder what she had? What went wrong?” and I’m thinking that his point about the difference between us and lay-people is going to be something like, I dunno, it was obvious that things were going to go badly but she unfortunately had no idea.

So he concludes with how all the other commentators were talking about how that was so tragic to read, etc, but he says not a single person said anything about what she must have died of, when that was the first thing on his mind.

Oh. Wow. Point.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think this is at all exclusive to medical professionals. I’m sure there’s lots of non-medical or even non-science people who would have similar reactions. But as medicine becomes more and more a profession and not just another random aspect of my life, my thoughts on things like this are going to diverge more and more from the general public’s.

Written by Aba

January 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Posted in Medical School

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