“Are you learning a lot today, dear? Are you going to be a GP too one day?”
My face breaks into a smile for a number of reasons. I love it when, as a medical educator, I’m mistaken for a student while conducting external clinical teacher (ECT) visits.
First, if patients mix up which one of us is the registrar and which is the teacher, it usually indicates they trust and respect the doctor they’re consulting.
Second, it can help put a nervous registrar at ease. We have a chat and a laugh about it afterwards, and I can almost see their confidence level rising.
And third, it makes me feel young.
Before you try to burst my bubble, I know med students are not all bright-eyed 20-year-olds, but I still take it as a compliment.
For the uninitiated, ECT visits are compulsory components of GP training nationwide. Each involves…
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