Had a moment with a medical student the other day where we candidly spoke about how unnecessarily harsh the medical learning environment can be.

Generously put, a kind of "socratic method" is often used to teach. It can be relentless and demoralising to be asked question after question until you can't answer, but importantly, I think it is because this process rarely allows learners to calibrate their expectations of themselves.

It doesn't tell them if they "good enough" for their stage.

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@cerebellious yes!!! It's sometimes useful for reframing knowledge in different ways, or to use as a jumping point to improve clinical practice

but more often than not it's just a chance for either the student or the teacher to show off...

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