STUDY NOTES ⚕️
1️⃣ History Taking:
History taking is an important aspect of Medicine.
One should learn to take a complete and thorough history of the patient.
2️⃣ Physical Examination:
The Clinician should know all the techniques of physical examination.
The positive and negative physical signs should be examined and noted so as to come to some conclusion at the end of the examination.
The exact terminology used in medical science should be used and followed.
That in itself is a key to diagnosis of various diseases.
The Clinician should be able use the laboratory instruments as well as the therapeutic aspects judiciously.
One has to learn the skill in the most sophisticated application of laboratory technology or use of the latest therapeutic modality.
5️⃣ Art of Medicine:
In a variety of symptoms the patient presents with, the doctor should have an intuition as to follow which sign/symptom/laboratory finding and to know what to ignore, ultimately excelling at the art of ‘decision-making’.
This kind of strong and methodical intuitive nature of the Clinician is expected.
6️⃣ Patient-Doctor Relationship:
Students should not treat patients as just ‘cases’ or ‘diseases’ but as people undergoing suffering and should be treated with empathy.
At the same time, the doctor should also be careful as to not pay utmost attention to the most exaggerating patients.
There should be a mutual trust between the patient and the doctor.
A healthy professional relationship with the doctor makes the patient feel at ease and helps in the patient co-operation and recovery.
SOURCE: Textbook of Clinical Medicine by Chugh (5th edition)