May 4, 2020
"In the classroom, if I had a question, I would ask it. 'There are no dumb questions,' we were told. On the wards, I felt as if that standard no longer applied. I was fearful both that my questions would slow or inhibit patient care and that I would be considered ignorant for my curiosity."
Dr. Nathan Kong describes the importance of fostering curiosity in medical students, especially as they adapt to practicing clinical care.
This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the April 2020 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at academicmedicine.org.