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Some medical exam comedy

Posted Sep 14 2008 4:39pm

An entertaining article in Slate magazine by Emily Yoffe, describes her experiences as a "standardized patient" for a group of Georgetown medical students conducting their first physical exam. Yoffe is well known for immersing herself into the issues she is covering, having previously entered the Mrs. America pageant as part of her coverage of the event. This time, she may have been in for a little more than she expected:

"Then he stood in front of me, looked at my gown like a colonel contemplating an incursion, and struck. He peeled off the top of the gown, dropping it into my lap, slipped the bra off my shoulder, and left me hanging while he protractedly listened to my heart."

This story is good comedy and speaks to both patients, and anyone who has ever had to learn how to perform a physical exam.

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