Gaining a patient’s perspective while becoming a doctor

Lloyd Reeve-Johnson
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11666
Published online: 4 March 2013

A medical student learns by seeing the system from the other side

Two doctors, both aged over 70 years, teach our rotation of medical students. They stress “old-fashioned” values, including accurate history-taking, thorough physical examination, punctuality and courtesy. In an era of high-technology medicine and high patient throughput, how relevant are these dated principles?

  • Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.



I thank Jon Douglas for his mentorship.

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