The following is a post written by an anonymous guest author as a companion piece to the AMA article “Top 10 Tips for Living with a Medical Student.”
1. Keep track of their schedule. You are a source of endless joy and inspiration for your parent, therefore it’s critical that you know when their big exams are so you can give them a boost the night before. Little things like fighting bedtime and then waking up screaming every couple hours because your socks are the wrong color or there’s a wrinkle in your blanket lets them know how important they are to you and helps them maintain perspective for their test.
2. Support a healthy study environment. Between learning doctor stuff and cutting your sandwiches into whimsical crust-free shapes, your parent may not have enough time to keep their desk tidy. You can help them declutter by pulling all of those messy papers, books and pens onto the floor. Your parent may seem mad, but deep down they’re overcome with gratitude for your thoughtfulness.
3. Hone their triage skills. Knowing how to prioritize urgent tasks and allocate resources in high-pressure situations is a critical skill for a physician, and one that most student doctors aren’t able to develop until they are residents. Thankfully, you can provide at-home simulation sessions to give your parent a head start. Below I have compiled a list of potential components for these sessions. Simply choose any 3 and then execute them in rapid succession:
- Remove all clothing; initiate naked game of chase