12. A Doctor Who Found the Needle In The Haystack
Being a new medical student on rotation can be a bit nerve-racking. You don’t want to be wrong when you present a diagnosis to a doctor, but the lack of self-confidence can make that difficult. Luckily for yemewe, they managed to keep their cool and, instead of making a guess, decided to take to the Internet to discover what was going on with the patient they’d been given. They managed to get a glowing evaluation from their colleagues for it, too! When most people scour the internet for medical results, they just end up thinking, well, they have some rare disease. Don’ worry; millions of times, this is not the case. But if you think you do have something seriously wrong, just get it check out. Then, consider buying a lottery ticket, too, depending on the results.
“One morning [the surgeon] tells me to go examine a patient and tell him what he has. I assumed the surgeon already knew the diagnosis. I did the full 300-point med student physical exam and spent hours with this 25 yo kid. This kid had been in the hospital multiple times with life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding and severe anemia. He had nystagmus in his eyes, and the color of his eyes was off. I got online with all of his symptoms/exam findings and basically typed them into Google. It is called Hermansky Pudlak syndrome.”