Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Listen, look, feel. Isn't that right?

The following article is written for a satirical publication and is intended for entertainment purposes only. Any similarity to real life events or people is entirely coincidental... except where it's not.


With most second year medical students having completed their Art and Science of Clinical Medicine (ASCM) History and Physical (H&P) examinations, controversy has erupted over the competency of these students in performing ASCM-2 exam techniques. The precise exam techniques tested on the H&P are left to the discretion of the examiner. One medical school examiner at a Toronto hospital found patients willing to submit to a male genital exam, as described in the ASCM-2 syllabus.

“What I observed,” reported the examiner, “were physical exam procedures that were completely incorrect. Not only that, but I was shocked at the students’ flagrant and grotesque lack of professionalism.” In recent years, the university has placed a huge emphasis on professionalism as one of the seven CanMEDS roles expected of physicians.

We spoke to the 1T2 social reps, whose names often appear on the MSB 3154 chalkboard as “BJ Social.” They said they were familiar with the techniques used by their classmates which are currently at the centre of this scandal. “From what I heard,” BJ commented, “there was nothing wrong with the technique used in the exam. That’s the way I’ve always seen it done.”

The students who performed the erroneous genital exams are currently being investigated for a major lapse. Meanwhile, the university is working to get to the bottom of how pervasive these faulty techniques are amongst medical students and residents. When medical students were polled as to where they had learned to perform the manoeuvre in question, faculty were shocked to learn that 35% of the class replied that they had learned the technique from the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, citing insufficient teaching time as the reason for resorting to such means. Noting the risk of such unprofessional behaviour being propagated down the medical hierarchy, this incident has thrown into question the sufficiency of the classic medical education adage of, “See one, do one, teach one.”


The above satire was inspired by a true story. In March of 2009, the National Post reported that erroneous intubation technique practiced by many medical students and residents in Alberta had been learned from the TV medical drama ER. The original article can be accessed here.

1 comment:

sandlot said...

Hi Andy.

I get this post. You just told me the point of the post.

Ha ha ha. I'm laughing right now.

Fo' reals.

Now update.


You're also terribly good looking and sitting right in front of me.