Just wondering how soon and how often do most schools integrate standardized patient interactions into their curriculum? If so, do you think it was beneficial come 3rd and 4th year or did you throw everything you learned out the window?
Just a word to the wise -- do NOT blow off the practice notes (H&P, SOAP, Progress, Discharge instructions, discharge summaries) they make you do in clinical medicine -- you will need to be able to do an admission in about 10-15 minutes, including the orders by the time you hit intern year (early in the year, maybe 30 minutes, at the end, 10-15 minutes) -- the way to do that is to practice and take feedback from your instructors -- also, when you start learning physical exam skills in Clin med -- most people used to bail on that as it was seen as wasted time since everyone had been to a doctor sometime in their life and knew WTF they were doing, right? Wrong --We started interacting with standardized patients our second week of medical school. Just simple stuff like doing interviews and getting some health history information. Definitely just easing us into it. We have to meet certain progress requirements at the end of every semester.