Here’s a scenario from the second case study in our series based on our new guidance for medical students, which outlines the standards expected of you.
We have a few questions for you on this one:
- What should Yanmei do next?
- As Yanmei’s friend, what should Gavin do?
- What do you think the medical school should do?
Yanmei is a first year medical student living away from home for the first time. She is finding the change from school to university challenging. She is missing her family and does not think she has many things in common with people from her course.
Yanmei was used to a structured day with a regular schedule back home, so she found it hard to organise her time and keep up with the demands of her course. All this is worrying her so focusing on her studies is difficult, even though she tries hard to do so. A few weeks into second semester, Yanmei started arriving late for her tutorials and missed some mandatory sessions.
Yanmei received an invitation from her personal tutor to discuss her absences. But she worried the tutor would tell her off, so she decided not to attend. She told her tutor she was ill on the day.
One of Yanmei’s friends from her tutorial group, Gavin, also noticed her absences and asked her if anything was wrong. Yanmei said everything was fine, but asked Gavin to sign her into the next taught session as a favour. Yanmei did this because she felt under a lot of pressure and worried she would not make it to the next session. She was also scared she would get into trouble with the medical school if they knew.
Post your answers and I’ll be back to let you know what the guidance says.
P.S. you can catch up on the discussion around our first case study here.
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