From the outside looking in, it can seem ridiculous how one could lose sight of the “bigger picture” in medicine. What is the ultimate goal? Caring for the health of the patient? Lets get serious! How hard is it to keep something so FUNDAMENTAL in mind?
The answer is that it can be MUCH EASIER then we all would like to admit. This page is dedicated to giving real-life examples of when this occurred, and explaining the conditions under which they occurred. The only way to prevent losing the forest in the future is to understand why it happened in the first place! And as the old saying goes: “A regular person learns from their own mistakes, while the wise man learns from the mistakes of others”.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD MEDICAL HISTORY
Teaching Point: Characterizing The Chief Complaint BEFORE The Workup
Teaching Point: Asking The Right Questions During When Taking The History
Teaching Point: Being Purposeful When Asking About A Patient’s Current Medications
THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD PHYSICAL EXAM
Teaching Point: Paying Attention To Physical Exam Findings
Teaching Point: Repeating The Physical Exam Yourself
THE IMPORTANCE BEING INTENTIONAL DURING SURGERY
Understanding The Utility/Limitations Of Tissue Biopsy
Not “Forcing” Things Into Place