Last week I started seeing patients in an actual clinic!
I will be going to the same clinic every other week for the rest of the year. Second year students at Creighton are spread out at clinics throughout Omaha. My preceptor is a pulmonologist who is great to work with. She asked me questions but I never felt interrogated and was eager to teach.
Seeing real patients and real disease was a welcome change from memorizing dozens of bugs and drugs and trying to apply them to fake cases. In clinic we saw a couple people for respiratory infections. Each patient was different and the doctor had to consider allergies, prior lung disease and likely cause of the infection in deciding the antibiotic to treat with. We had learned all this in Infectious Disease, but seeing it in practice was incredibly refreshing.
I was able to interview one patient on my own and it actually went really well. It helped that the patient was very nice and easy to talk to, a thoughtful way for my preceptor to ease me into seeing patients.
Tomorrow is a different story however. Tomorrow is my Infectious Disease final. Yikes. Wish me luck!
Fellow med students- what was your first experience seeing patients like?