David M. Ennis, MD
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Ennis DM. On Bedside Teaching. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:173. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-2-199707150-00046
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(2):173.
TO THE EDITOR:
After reading “On Bedside Teaching” , I was inspired to begin doing bedside teaching, especially because I am currently attending on the General Medical Service. I find the task somewhat daunting and frightening; I have never performed bedside teaching before, an embarrassing admission indeed. However, I believe it will be a rewarding experience.
It is my hope that my residents and students and I will become better diagnosticians. As has been noted so frequently, the art of physical diagnosis is vanishing. I recently reviewed an article for the American Journal of Medicine in which the authors found that cardiologists are not significantly better at diagnosing certain cardiac murmurs than general internists or family practitioners. Furthermore, it seems abundantly clear that a physician's physical diagnosis abilities do not improve much after the third year of medical school. I find these facts quite shameful. I believe that everyone will profit by taking rounds back to the bedside.
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