“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!