Fall 2013 – Incomplete Storytelling

Incomplete Storytelling.
Alexander S. Golec.
College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

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Corresponding Author: Alexander S. Golec; golec@msu.edu
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Our interviews, physical exams, and laboratory tests only uncover select words of a patient’s story. Some days we may be lucky enough to stumble upon a phrase or complete sentence in their life’s tome. We base our diagnoses on these incomplete discoveries and hope for the best. Some of us may act like we have the Rosetta Stone in our pocket, granting us the ability to translate everything into our noble medical language. Others may focus too much time on the details of the letters and completely miss the story behind them. Deciphering the story of each patient requires not only a stellar medical acumen but also an ability to comprehend stories in languages that may seem foreign to us.

Published: September 30, 2013
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Golec AS. Incomplete Storytelling. Medical Student Research Journal. 2013;3(Fall):2.

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Kevin Patterson

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Kevin Charles Patterson is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He is in his eighth year at MSU after graduating with a B.S. in Human Biology and a B.S. in Microbiology, both in 2010. He is considering a career in internal medicine with a combined scientist training program in residency; after residency, his plans include the possibility of a fellowship and the ultimate goal of practicing academic medicine. Editor Note (2013-14): Kevin graduated, matched, and is a resident in Internal Medicine at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.