Posts tagged wisdom

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.
It is the duty of a doctor to prolong life. It is not his duty to prolong the act of dying.
Lord Thomas Horder, 1936.
A man is only as good as what he loves.
Saul Bellow.
Without Mistakes How Would You Lern?
Even now, I have to always remind myself that it is alright if I make a mistake, it is alright if I cannot answer my attending’s question, it is alright if I missed something. In the end, what matters is that I learned something to make sure those mistakes do not happen again.

Without Mistakes How Would You Lern?

Even now, I have to always remind myself that it is alright if I make a mistake, it is alright if I cannot answer my attending’s question, it is alright if I missed something. In the end, what matters is that I learned something to make sure those mistakes do not happen again.

Trust no one.
Internist on verifying any information given to us rather than elicited ourselves.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Aristotle.

Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks about learning mathematics from the Great Debate: the Storytelling of Science.

I watched this last night and I think it is advice that applies to many of the readers who have asked through the years what to do about their struggles with math, chemistry, physics etc. Certainly, I feel that it applies to those who question if medicine is too hard for their passion to stay alive.

With practice, you can become better at your craft, no matter what discipline you pursue. It takes time, it takes work, and it takes practice. But you do eventually get there.

Watch the full Q & A session linked above for other responses by Dr. Lawrence Krauss and Bill Nye to this question.

It is not about the biological therapies we give patients. It is not about the medicine. At the end of the day, it is about the relationship you forge with your patient and the trust and understanding that comes with that that dictates their compliance and willingness to continue.
A psychiatrist discussing the importance of the therapeutic relationship.

I see it in all of you. You will all make great doctors because you care about your patients. It is in the way you behave and talk.

You will be great doctors. I know you are all struggling to find what is true and right. But hear me: do not let this schooling system rob you of your sense of self.

An inspiring attending gives us a pep talk.

Finishing Internal Exam Part Two

I thought the exam overall went pretty well. Having only had two oral exams though, this one included, I still find the practice to be very awkward and disjointed.

For example, the examiner goes by a script and does not move to the next section until I have finished my answer and will tell me information afterwards that I may not have requested because it is in the script. Though I had a list of investigations I wanted to have done, the timing of some of them was inappropriate for that particular moment and I was reserving them for - in my mind - a later point in the case as it unfolded. It was a terrible mistake and easy points were lost.

Having said that, I feel that I eventually did come to the right diagnoses for the cases I had, though my process getting there could definitely have been slicker and more thorough.

Lesson learned.