Survival Tips for the Young Physician



Practical advice for the young physician is offered in this chapter. How to effectively present a patient is a critical talent, which all artists of medicine should have. Succinct directives are given on how to convey medical information with clear examples so that the reader may easily understand what is expected of them. The young physician is taught that the best way to get better at the practice of medicine is to see more patients, while learning from each one. You will be let in on a truism in medicine that is rarely discussed: all great clinicians started out in their careers just as you are doing—young, green, and inexperienced. Good communication techniques are highlighted. A simple mnemonic is reviewed which will help every reader focus on how to best show that the care of the patient intended is communicatedeffectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family & Community MedicineUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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