Health Watch: Doctors and residents

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) Dr. Cara Hamilton says, ' The teaching of medicine and passing on of that knowledge used to be an apprenticeship sort of teaching, and to this day there still is an element of that. First, med students start with a couple years of basic training about physiology and anatomy, but then they spend the next couple of years practicing and working with physicians and alongside them. So if you are in this area seeing doctors you have probably seen a medical student before that was rotating with your primary physician. Please be gracious with them, they are learning, it might take you 10 extra minutes to spend time with a medical student but that is part of their education where they can learn from you, learn from you, and in some cases might actually help your physician figure out what is going on because they have a little extra time and are a little closer to those lectures learning about those strange medical diagnoses. Be willing and gracious to meet with a medical student in the future. We were all medical students once and need to learn this stuff somehow. If you have any questions about medical education or how that process works ask your doctor about how that begins. This is Dr. Cara Hamilton at Black Hills Pediatrics with your Health Watch.'