“I Think I’m Dying,” Said the Med Student to the Doctor

by Sara Teichholtz, Second Year Medical Student at Charles E.Schmidt School of Medicine, Boca Raton, Florida

First posted on Teich Does Medicine on 11/14/2012

 

In September, I laughed at the following post from whatshouldwecallmedschool:

 

 

ME, NOW, WHEN I ACTUALLY GO TO THE DOCTOR:

Oh med students, I thought. How silly you are, what with your medical school hypochondria.

I am currently eating those words as I present to you the following SOAP note written about me by Student Health Services earlier this week:

S: 25 yo female medical student presents with chief complaint:

O: Well-appearing fiery redhead in no apparent distress other than “my blood pressure might be high because I know I’m going to get a flu shot in a minute.” Physical exam completely unremarkable except for really, really crazy hair.

A: Stressed out kid panicked about postprandial episodes of “burning sensation” triggering headaches. While a broad differential does include imminent death, perhaps some sort of stress-related gastritis should also be considered.

P: Patient should take an OTC acid-reducer. Perhaps one of the ones featured in a PBL presentation that the patient put together last year (featuring very witty mnemonics!)

This post dedicated to all doctors who have to deal with medical students.

Also my mother who has assured me that I am probably not dying ever since I was old enough to utter the phrase, “I think I’m dying.”

Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)
Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Doctor Weighs In. She is also the CEO of Health Tech Hatch, the sister site of TDWI that helps innovators tell their stories to the world. She is also a physician executive who has worked in all aspects of healthcare including practicing emergency physician, health plan executive, consultant to employers, CMS, and other organizations. She is a Board Certified Internist and Emergency Physician who loves to write about just about anything that has to do with healthcare.

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