Tamara, Fourth Year Medical Student“Hi! My name is Tamara.  I’m a student doctor here, and I’ll be helping take care of you today. What brings you in?”  This is a typical start to a conversation with a new patient.  It has several key components, which are necessary to starting a new relationship.  Let’s take a closer look.

First, I must identify myself – Tamara.

Then I must clarify my level of training – student doctor.

I state the nature of our relationship – I’m taking care of you.

Finally I must set a direction of our conversation – what brings you in?

Although you, new reader, are not my patient, I will be taking a similar approach to our first encounter.  My very first blog…hurray!

Identification – Tamara, fourth year med student extraordinaire.  When not studying, you might spy me learning to mountain bike, hiking San. Gorgonio, or salsa dancing.  Most likely you’ll find me talking, I can never resist a good chat.

Level of training – I am a fourth year medical student.  This means I have completed four years of college, 3 years of medical school, and have one to go.  When I graduate, I will be called Dr. Tamara.  However, I must train under a senior physician (Attending) for 3-9 years, depending on the specialty I choose to pursue.  This training period as a junior physician is known as residency.  I have never blogged before.

Nature of our Relationship – I am writing stuff for you to read.  If you have questions/comments, feel free to leave them in the comment box. I will try to tailor this blog to my reader demographics.  I imagine some of my readers will be junior medical students, I think more will be their parents.  I have no doubt my parents will be my most loyal readers (hey Mom!).

Direction of our Conversation – I tend to be a slightly eclectic person, so I suspect that will also be the nature of this blog.  Loma Linda wants me to talk about medical school, so I guess that will be a large part. 🙂

Anyways, it’s nice to meet you via the interweb, talk to you again soon!

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  1. It was great meeting you and shadowing you in the ER the other day. Thank you for taking the time to explain things and give me advice. You are great and I wish you luck with everything. 🙂

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