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My “memorable patient” story

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39218.580613.DE (Published 02 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:257
  1. Deborah Bird, specialist registrar in paediatrics, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford
  1. deborahbird{at}doctors.org.uk

    When it comes to medical interviews, there are a few classic questions, including “Tell me about a memorable patient.” I used to hate this question. As a senior house officer, I took “memorable” to mean the complex, clever medical diagnosis or the difficult case that required clever handling. Most people I knew, myself included, would make up impressive sounding cases tailored to fit the interview. Occasionally, I would use a real patient, as long as there was something about their case …

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