Learners as Teachers

Too often in medicine, we make fun of our colleagues for their lack of knowledge in our area of expertise, instead of helping them to learn from that expertise. So, I’m passing along some feedback that I just received regarding the patient discussed in morning report today. I’m hoping this will serve as a reminder of what academic medicine can and should be like. (Emphasis added).

Just want to pass along my high regard for Dr. Cahill. I’m an emergency medicine resident and work closely with the neurology residents. Last night, Dr. Cahill was very helpful with a patient with b/l lower extremity weakness. What I appreciated the most was that he took me through his physical exam findings and explained what it meant in the context of likely injury. He then took the time to actually show me the physical exam findings. He did this despite the fact that I didn’t order exactly the right study for evaluation. The end result was that I learned from him and will be better able to use his expertise in the future. I appreciated that rather than get upset regarding the consult and my incorrect order, he took the approach, very kindly, of helping me to learn. He has done this at least two times in the past. I wanted you to know what a pleasure it is to work with Dr. Cahill.

About Justin A. Sattin

I'm a vascular neurologist and residency program director. I created this blog in order to share some thoughts with my resident and other colleagues, and to foster my own learning as well.
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2 Responses to Learners as Teachers

  1. talha vaqar says:

    I can’t help but feel a little jealous 😛 based on how well this paragraph reads.

    Keep up the good work Joseph!

  2. Joseph Cahill says:

    Pretty cool to get an ‘atta boy every now and then; thanks! Too often have I been on the other end of the same interaction without similar constructive feedback.

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