Dr Geoffrey Thomas explains why we have medical students….
“Many regular patients will be used to the presence of medical students during their consultations and we would like to express our great appreciation for this. We host students as we believe in contributing to training the next generation of doctors. Students learn facts, but we also hope to pass on our belief that patients are all individuals to be respected as much more than a cough, ear ache or painful hip!
There is no substitute for direct patient contact, as students learn to take histories, develop empathy, practise clinical examinations, improve medical reasoning and formulate case presentations.
The Doctor is regularly challenged by questions from the students, so we need to be up to date and logical in our thought processes. Teaching definitely makes for a better doctor!