Treat Students Like Patients to Better Diagnose Their Needs

"He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope." --Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The two most common reasons that a person will see a doctor is that there is an immediate health concern to be addressed or a routine checkup is needed for preventative maintenance purposes. A doctor will generally not have any preconceived ideas of what that patient needs unless there is an established history of care and treatment for that patient. By listening to the patient and conducting an examination, the doctor looks for symptoms and/or makes an assessment of the patient's current condition as compared to a normalized standard. From that point a diagnosis is made and next steps are taken as needed. The most important aspect of this type of care is the relationship established between the doctor and the patient, and the patient's trust that the doctor will know how to address his or her needs.

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