Vital Signs: Education All Around

A patient’s misconceptions, and a medical student’s naïveté, mask a critical diagnosis.

By H. Lee Kagan|Saturday, January 29, 2011
The student emerged from the examination room, chart in hand, and planted himself next to me in the hallway where I was finishing up my notes on another patient. Anxious to share his discovery, he leaned over and whispered, “I think she has a mass in her pelvis.” I nodded and continued to write. One of the local medical schools occasionally assigned students to do a rotation with me in my internal medicine practice, and I had always found them to be bright and eager. This one was no exception. ...

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