A few thoughts to keep in mind as you are seeing patients:
- During the Clerkship, you will have close daily contact with patients and families. You will be learning medical facts and developing problem solving skills as well as refining equally important interpersonal skills. Although it may sound trite, please remember that patients are sick and families are worried. Think about what you are going to say before you say it.
- Always discuss issues regarding diagnosis, prognosis and management with your housestaff and attending before talking with patients and families.
- The central focus of your experience during the Medicine Inpatient Clerkship will be your patients.
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