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Socratic Method Part 1

Socratic Method Part 1

Three weeks into clerkship I have learned more than I could have imagined. I have also learned that a method known as “pimping” is a common way to test medical student knowledge and can be a very good jumping off point for teaching and learning.

Unilateral Jaundice

I am making a habit of keeping track of these teaching moments. As you will see from this series, some questions are extremely relevant (and fall under the Socratic Method of teaching umbrella) and some are, well… a bit random. I will try to provide some resources around each question. Occasionally, I will dive into a topic to understanding the evidence behind answers I have received instead of simply accepting the dogma. Get excited for future article on tactile fremitus, after all… I did just spend 3 weeks on respirology.

1. What is the dose of oral ceftriaxone?

2. What are Light’s criteria for evaluation of pleural effusions? 

3.  What is the only use of PO vancomycin?

4. What is a useful blood test when considering the diagnosis of temporal arteritis

5. DDx for an irregularly irregular heartbeat. 



This post was reviewed by Heather Johnson. Tune in next time to find out the causes of unilateral jaundice. Do you have thoughts on this type of learning or interesting factoids learned through this method that you want to share? Please feel free to comment below!

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A junior emergency medicine resident with interest in rural medicine, medical education and social media in health care. When not working in the hospital, she is usually running, playing guitar or planning an outdoor adventure.

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2 Responses to Socratic Method Part 1

  1. Absolutely love the enthusiasm. One thing that used to trick me a bit for irregularly irregular heartbeats was sinus arrhythmia. In theory it should be ‘periodically irregular’ but I’ve often only picked it up with the benefit of hindsight on ECG. Awesome blog btw.

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