jean-ralphio (hobogloves) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Medschool type stuff and also random foot question

So in medical school they train us a lot in the classroom but also try to get us used to working with patients before we start our rotations. One of the ways we train are by taking histories, doing examinations, and making diagnoses on standardized patients. Basically, they're specially trained actors who act as if they have a certain disease or process going on. We are responsible for asking the right questions and doing the exam properly as if the standardized patient were a real patient. Then we get feedback on our performance from the standardized patient, who has been trained and knows exactly what we were supposed to do/say/figure out during the session.

1. Would you consider doing this as a side job? Keep in mind that you'll constantly be asked awkward questions and poked/prodded by inexperienced medical students. You will get paid between $10 and $20 per hour. On the flip side, you'll be helping educate doctors, you get to act, and it's a pretty easy job.


2. What if it was your job to be the standardized patient as the students learned the female pelvic exam/male genital and rectal exam? How much would they have to pay you?


3. On a (somewhat, for my answer at least) related note, gotten any particularly great/particularly horrible feedback lately at school/work/whatever?


4. And finally, on a totally unrelated note, why do my feet go numb when I run? (any reason other than "it's your shoes")


1. Probably . . . they always seem like they're not having too bad a time and they have been SO helpful for me personally.

2. No. That's where I draw my line . . . it would have to be like $200 an hour or something.

3. My standardized patient today told me that I did a superb job and I had no idea how advanced I was as a medical student. Plus I got the diagnosis right even though there were a bunch of red herrings in there. Lactose intolerance, not recurrent colon cancer :) Everyone wins.

4. I JUST DON'T KNOW!!!
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