Are medical students really fit?

10 things by which you can recognize medical students

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1. Learn anywhere, anytime

There are several medical learning apps on the mobile phone and a window with a medical lexicon for looking up technical terms is always open in the browser.

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2. Quick midnight shopping after the library closes

During examination phases, medical students are rarely seen in public outside of libraries and supermarkets with long opening hours.

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3. Blood does not shock

When others look away in disgust at lacerations and abrasions on the playground or sports field, the medical student is amazed at the depth of cut and the bleeding time.

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4. No time for romance novels or celebrity biographies

One looks in vain for fiction in the bookshelf, but there are more works such as Sobotta, Herold, Pschyrembel and Harrisons to be found.

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5. The skeleton is waiting at home

Anatomy is not only learned from textbooks, but also from the skeleton in order to be fit for the exam. The skeletons are lovingly decorated with hats, scarves and the like and have nice names. If you are invited to someone's house and there is a skeleton in the corner of the room, it is very likely a medical student ... or a physiotherapist.

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6. No time to tan

While other students are out and about with a healthy tan in the summer, the medical student wears a subtle "library and clinic paleness".

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7. Fit despite a hangover

If the medical student has a reason to celebrate and looks too deep into the glass, the next morning on the ward there is an electrolyte mixture by drip to pep up on.

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8. Nothing works without coffee

The doctor is not familiar with racing heart caused by too much caffeine. Regardless of the hour: "Another double espresso?" "Yes, please!"

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9. Mild hypochondria due to too much knowledge of (rare) diseases

With all the symptoms, causes, diagnoses and therapies that a medical student learns by heart during their studies, sooner or later self-diagnoses must come about. Woke up in the morning with a headache, body aches and nausea? “It must be an early summer meningo encephalitis (TBE) that I caught!” Or it is just a flu-like infection that is just going around.

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10. The most typical cliché at the end:

Of course, we all know from doctor series such as Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy or In All Friendship - The Young Doctors that medical students and doctors always wear white coats or tunics and of course have a stethoscope around their necks. What many are not aware of: The stethoscope is often contaminated with more bacteria than the doctor's hand, as a study found (Longtin et al. 2014). For reasons of hygiene, the stethoscope should be disinfected more often and carried in the smock pocket instead of around the neck.