Hello to my ADHD peeps and ADHD loved ones living with ADHD. Today I am going to give a short update about what has been going on with me. I know I have been quiet for a little bit, but I do have some cool and exciting updates.
The first couple years of medical school involve a lot of learning about becoming a doctor. You are learning about what causes illnesses and how to determine what is wrong with people. That is great because it’s important to understand what is causing problems and not just memorizing thousands of diagnoses. The other aspect of these first couple years is learning how to be a doctor. We learn a medical checklist that has all of the routine questions that doctors ask when you see them for an appointment. It has over 110 different boxes that need to be checked while seeing a patient, so it is a big deal to learn this during your first year. You then modify it to your liking so you can communicate with patients more effectively. The reason I am bringing all of this up is because I was able to complete my checklist which in itself is not very difficult because we have a long period of time learning it. The reason I bring it up is because I ended up learning it in Spanish and English which brings me one step closer to being able to provide care to patients in Spanish which is a big deal to me.
I just want to provide some stats as to why I believe it is so important for American doctors who have the ability to help out a more diverse group of patients. The United States has the second largest group of Spanish Speaking citizens in the world. The only place that beats it for native speakers is Mexico. 14% of the world speaks Spanish currently and by 2050 it is believed that 1/3 people will speak Spanish in the United States.
I’m far away from being a doctor, but every day I am thinking forward to how I can help patients no matter what language they speak because I believe everyone deserves the same standard of care no matter what language they speak. I will also say that doing a patient encounter in English was extremely easy and I breezed through it in probably 12 minutes. Doing it in Spanish took about 18 minutes and I was extremely nervous the whole time. The only things I really need to work on is pronunciation on a couple of words and fixing a few grammar errors, but overall, I was very proud to accomplish this feat and will keep striving to learn more.
As always thanks for reading my updates more posts are coming in the next couple of days now that I have a little bit of breathing room.
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