Today was the last day of medical school for my MS4s (and all the other medstudents in North America, too).
The very last day of their lives as a medical student, or clinical clerk, whatever they call it. They were euphoric, almost to the point of being manic, on rounds today.
For good reason I guess. They survived the first of many gruelling chapters (and though many of us thought that medschool was the tough part, bwahaha, you realize it's a cakewalk compared to what's to come).
But being cheeky, Jeff, one of my students asked:
"So Dr. V, how are you going to manage rounds without us?"
Thinking perhaps, that because they preround on my patients they make rounds a lot shorter. I almost felt guilty popping his bubble when I told him that rounds without any medical students or residents are at least 50% quicker.
I ask the relevant questions. Examine what's necessary. Write the orders. Off I go.
So, while it's intellectually stimulating and perhaps fun having a troop of students on rounds and going over topics on the fly, like adrenal incidentalomas, or DKA management, it's true that medstudents NEVER help make rounds speedier.
"Show me a medical student who only triples my work and I will kiss his feet.."
To all the 4th years/almost-doctors out there: Congratulations, and Good luck in your residency!