The Buddy Program
My latest run-in with a doctor who had the bedside manner of a warty toad made me think a lot about how we can train our medical students to not be so...uh...peckerheadish (best word available right now in my brain). As luck would have it, I stumbled across this article today. I know that medical students and/or residents are sometimes video taped with their patients so that the student/resident can actually sit back a see how they interact with the patient (mannerisms, conversation, body language, etc.). It's amazing how floored some people are when they witness their own behaviors. I thought the Buddy program mentioned in this article sounded interesting and unique. I know that my personal experiences with the diseases I research has influenced both my commitment to my work and the quality of my research.
Speaking of the warty toad, I think it's absolutely deplorable to not recognize that you've scared the bejeezus out of someone even after they've burst out into tears. What is wrong with people?