First year of med school contains many life lessons.
We are fortunate to have a friends group of first-year students on the show to look back on their experience and reflect on what they discovered.
M1s Olivia and Katie, and PA1 Faith talked with Dave and admissions guru Rachel about how their lives have changed, what they realized about themselves, and their plan for incorporating those lessons into year 2.
Communication skills are just as important as medical knowledge and clinical skills
M3 Ananya, M3 Eric, MD/PhD student Madi, and our admissions guru Rachel talk about communication skills and their importance for patient outcomes, professional development and advancement, and career satisfaction.
Whether it’s patients reviewing their notes in the electronic health record, residents passing on knowledge to students, providers empathetically communicating findings and plans to patients with no scientific background, or scientists collaborating professionally with their colleagues, everything depends on this thing that humans do all the time–with varying degrees of success.
Meanwhile, some students may see these as “soft” skills, giving less importance to them than grades on exams or their scores on boards.
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