Matt is in his final stretch to complete his first year of medical school. To say that I’m proud of him is an understatement. He’s such a hard worker and so steady.
To help him prepare for his practical, I was tasked with being various practice patients. He would hand me a piece of paper with my symptoms and then ask me a series of questions to determine a diagnosis.
I may be biased, but I think he’s a natural at establishing doctor/patient rapport while maintaining professionalism.
Last week, I got to be a chain-smoking, retired construction worker with a peptic ulcer, a stressed-out Wall Street trader with a myocardial infarction, a teenager with nausea and pain upon urination, and a middle-aged woman with gallstones.
I enjoy getting into character (hacking coughing, accents, wincing pain).
It’s my acting outlet.
However now, acting aside, I have a legitimate sinus infection. These bodies of ours…