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  • Ed Dougherty

    July 24, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Personally, I am not a fan. I understand desperate times call for desperate measures, but there is a large step off in this Doctor-Patient interaction. Hiding behind connection issues are audio interruptions, visual distortions, disconnections, and a lack of a thorough physical exam. However, benefits for some can be the ease of being at home. As a patient, I hate getting in a car and taking an hour or two out of my busy schedule to visit my primary care physician. So the possibility of connecting with them from home makes it seem excellent for my time, patience, and cost.

    Speaking from our current experiences in clinicals, I personally did not know what to expect. I knew there would be a lack of the hands-on experience I want, but its giving me more time to study which I hope pays off for my test scores. The telemedicine we have connected with, thus far, has been difficult. I struggle to hear my preceptors through random cuts in audio and the muffling of their voices behind a mask. Sadly theres nothing to fix these two issues I have experienced. I remain optimistic that we will have a chance to get back in-person soon, but taking everything for what it is worth and making the best of it!