A Tale of 3 Medical Studentshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s1_3ZTanUg
Here’s how medical school works…The first 2 years of medical school cover the acquisition of medical knowledge. This occurs through lectures, reading, study, and testing. The acquisition of this knowledge occurs through individual interaction and involvement with the subject matter. The last 2 years of medical school include monthly clinical rotations at hospitals and clinics in the subspecialty areas of Medicine. The student treats patients under the supervision of residents, faculty, and attending physicians. Supervised clinical practice uses the knowledge acquired from the first 2 years of school on real patients for the last 2 years. Here are examples of how 3 real medical students approached their learning.
“John” attended the University of Illinois Medical School in the early 1970s, earning the honorary designation of “James Scholar”. This honor entitled him to the exclusive use of a study carrel at the medical school, and the privilege of designing his own course of study, as long as he passed all requirements and exams. John’s method of study involved reading each medical text book cover to cover, not attending class, and graduating in 3 years.
“Mary” attended a
“Joe” attended An international medical school. He attended class lectures, read, studied, and took exams. His clinical rotations took place in the
These 3 students each had a different approach to the didactic portion of their medical knowledge. The clinical rotations were a fairly uniform experience, all taken in the