This is so true. Don’t reward them.
This is why I love primary care: I get to form relationships with my patients, learn about their struggles, and watch them change and grow.
I have a patient who has treatment-resistant depression and multiple medical problems. I’ve seen her 3 times in the office since I started residency in July. Every time I see her, she looks like the “textbook” depressed person we learn about in medical school: slumped over in her chair, slightly disheveled, eyes trained on the floor, making very few facial expressions (flattened affect), talking & moving very slowly—if she moves at all (psychomotor retardation).
The first time we met, I asked if I could pray with her. She was, like many of my patients, both surprised and delighted by my question. At the end of my prayer I looked up and she was smiling. Not a full smile—the type that shows in the eyes—but an upturning of the corners of her mouth nonetheless. She asked if she could give me a hug, and I obliged. Our second visit ended on a very similar note: half grin, hug.
simply lovely and encouraging
What’s a gunner? - Strawberryjamsandwich
How have I never answered this question before?
Ok, I really like md-admissions description of gunners, but I’d like to add a few things to it.
First off, remember that all med students have a little type A in them, but gunners take it to the next level.
- The key to gunners is that they are very ambitious. To the point of putting others down to build themselves up. This usually takes the form of jumping in to answer when other students are asked direct questions, or even pimping other students (TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE).
- They take every opportunity possible to make other students feel bad about themselves.
- Numbers are of utmost importance to them. If they’re not at the absolute top, they beat themselves (or colleagues) up.
When a patient is on tons of medications I’ve never heard of and just starts listing them off like I’m a pharmacist
this is so true. I always want to ask how to spell that.