Thanks for the easy question, Anonymous. Here is your answer.
But! Dr. Cranquis has standards, and those standards prevent me from just cutting-and-pasting a reply for you. So here’s an Extra Tip Just For You (call it a Deleted Scene or something)….
- Say Goodbye to Privacy and Hello to Unwanted Consults
Apparently, everyone who enters med school immediately becomes possessed by the Total Knowledge of All Physicians…. or at least that’s what your family and friends will appear to believe. Come Thanksgiving of your Freshman year, you may have only studied the anatomy of the Anterior Neck and the Heart — but at the Thanksgiving table, your family will bombard you for advice on Uncle Pete’s high blood pressure, Aunt Tina’s ingrown toenails, and Grandpa Horace’s heartburn. (And then AFTER dinner, you will be quietly approached by that Weird Cousin of yours with a delicate question about venereal disease, which will really ruin the taste of pumpkin pie in your mouth).
Similarly, anytime that you run into old friends and acquaintances, you will find them suddenly asking you questions about intimate medical issues and encouraging you to examine various body parts… body parts that you still haven’t worked up the courage to touch on a cadaver, much less on a living human being who is also your old music teacher!
So what should you do? Well, right now, there’s not much choice, since it’s not like you can prescribe medication or begin any official line of treatment as a Freshman in Med School… but be sure that even your stumbling words of pseudo-advice are preceded AND followed by a disclaimer which (1) points out your lack of knowledge in this area yet, and (b) encourages them to discuss it with a
real more experienced medical professional. (After all, you don’t want to find out NEXT Thanksgiving that Uncle Pete’s heart attack could’ve been prevented if he had actually seen a doctor about his blood pressure!)
Thanks for the question! Good luck with school.