From Symptoms to Diagnosis: A Medical Student’s Experience in Solving Her Own Mystery
Keywords:Medical student, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Pattern recognition, Disease identification, Fatigue, Iron-deficiency anemia, Clinical rotations, Hematology, Blood analysis, Microscopic examination, Thalassemia, β-thalassemia minor, Hemoglobinopathy, Genetic condition, Self-diagnosis, Genetic background, Medical student syndrome, Medical knowledge, Anomaly recognition
While studying medicine, students may find themselves worrying that they have a disease just because they have been closely learning about it. However, what happens when a medical student is actually experiencing symptoms that are familiar to them? This essay highlights the experience of a third-year medical student who found the answers she was looking for regarding her own health while on clinical rotations.
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