The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.
- William R. Inge
“If there was one thing I would have every medical student learn, it would be this …” The woman was talking to her companion while moving down the clinic hallway. I passed her going the opposite direction and strained to listen for the end of her sentence. Unfortunately, by the time she reached the punch line, she was around the corner and out of earshot.
Still, it got me started thinking. What should every medical student learn? What are the most important lessons – both inside and outside of the curriculum?
Here is my attempt at a few things I would hope every medical student learns before graduation: