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Doctorly Penmenship

There’s a well known stereotype that doctors have incredibly poor handwriting. While I accepted this “rumor” to be true, I’ve verified it first hand by working at St. Luke’s where all the notes are handwritten.

Being on a consult team forced me to read the notes left by other consult teams as well as the primary care team. The sad truth is that out of the ‘x’ minutes I dedicated to each patient, roughly ‘x/3’ minutes go purely into deciphering physician orders and notes. One would think that in a profession as “life-and-death” as medicine… where a misread dosage or medication name could be catastrophic… ehhh, I’m not going to even finish this sentence. 馃槈

This is “legible” writing compared to what I’ve seen.

One nurse put it frankly to me – “Your notes are the easiest to read, but since you’re a medical student, they matter the least. Sorry.”

Ouch. 馃榾

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  1. I didn’t think doctors wrote notes anymore, it all seems to be computerized these days. It is typing lessons that are needed now, not hand writing lessons lol!

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