What Medical Students Are Saying
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All third year medical students attend panel discussions (Educating Medical Students about ASD). Each panel covers a range of topics including impact of diagnosis, medications, therapies, and transition services. the following quotes have been collected from student input during these panels.
“Ironically the day after this workshop I encountered a boy at the clinic I am working at who was there to refill his ADD medications. I noted he excelled at math and science (beyond the 99th percentile), however lacked interest in reading. He had a monotone voice and looked at the floor. He did not like being touched. I suggested that my preceptor test him for an ASD, and he referred him to a psychologist nearby and the boy was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome!”
“This has already led to a change in my behavior: This week, rather than simply walking up to patients with my hand extended to take theirs, I ask, “May I shake your hand?” I have begun asking patients, “Do you have any concerns about being examined?” before we begin. I have gotten generally positive feedback from patients for doing so. I thank Sondra for causing me to reflect on my own behavior and consider ways to better my interactions with all of my patients.”
“Some of their insights they shared could not be learned from a book and if it was not for this workshop, we would probably have never learned them.”
“Another great benefit of this session is exposure to the resources that are in place to help this patient population thrive as much as possible as a part of the greater community. Without this experience I would have little idea of what resources are available.”
ASD Curriculum Survey Results
The following data represents student feedback from surveys administered via the Educating Medical Students about ASD panels. 147 students were surveyed.