All of us are involved in the teaching and training of under or postgraduate medical students and nurses. This article gives a patient’s perspective and thoughts on being an ‘interesting’ patient within a ward or clinic setting. Important points to remember are: 1) Consent must be obtained, in private, before students arrive; 2) The patient has the right to say ‘stop’ at any time and then the students must leave; 3) Be sure to include the patient in the ‘lesson ‘ and talk to him / her in between; 4) Be sincere, gentle and apply a holistic approach to their signs, symptoms and diagnosis; 5) Students should recognise that the patient should be made to feel like a human being.

What it feels like to be an interesting teaching opportunity.
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Arun K Sharma

West Herts NHS Trust (Watford General Hospital)

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