Tag: doctor-patient interaction

Rebecca Russell Rebecca Russell (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Rebecca is a student in the Class of 2019 at Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Coffee and Chaos: Using Self-Centered Moments To Become A Better Doctor

Peering around the door anxiously, my eyes connected once again with the receptionist. After receiving her knowing glance, I once again stepped away from the doorway. It was 9:02. My first experience shadowing a pediatrician and interviewing patients was slated to begin promptly at 9 am. Instead, I stood nervously against the doorframe in my new, crisp white jacket awaiting the arrival of the doctor, questioning if I had mistaken the meeting time or place. As a new medical student, I was anxious about my interaction with the doctor. Not only was this taking away from my study schedule, a million other worries flooded my mind.


I had just finished my second test in medical school. I flopped down next to a fellow student I met barely a month ago, exasperated and on the verge of tears. I was exhausted and quickly becoming emotional, realizing I was too uncertain about a (large) handful of those musculoskeletal questions.

Aleksandra Bacewicz Aleksandra Bacewicz (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Hi! My name is Aleksandra and I am a Class of 2018 medical student in the SELECT Program at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. I love to write, both for myself and for publication, as an outlet for my experiences and emotions. Having an academic background in Spanish literature, I am fascinated by words and often find myself losing track of time with my face in a book. Through the pursuit of both words and medicine, I hope to better understand others, and myself, so that I can affect positive change in any way I am able. In my free time, I look forward to spending time with close friends and family, dancing, swimming and traveling!