Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, FACE, ECNU, takes a lighthearted look at issues at the intersection of the humanities and medicine.

BLOG: Celebrating the future doctor-teachers

March 30th was National Doctors Day, a special day to celebrate all doctors of America, and all doctors of the world.

In a prior post on my blog, I talked about the rewards of becoming a doctor-teacher. In this post, I will continue that discussion.

Last Friday, Jordan Ueberroth, a senior medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, finished his elective rotation in our endocrinology division. He will start his post-graduate residency training in ophthalmology in Boston this summer.

Jordan is an exceptional medical student, with an obvious inclination towards scholarship. As requested of medical students during their electives, Jordan presented a PowerPoint lecture last week. He picked the topic of thyroid eye disease. That is not unexpected, given his career planning, but his lecture was so impressive; it was presented in such a way that it would easily serve as a powerful skeleton for a great review article. The topic, which Jordan coined as “TED,” for thyroid eye disease, was very well reviewed with excellent discussion of the basics as well as advances and updates in this field. To an old-school endocrinologist like myself, the lecture was quite educational. I have learned from Jordan that TED is not only limited to Graves’ disease ophthalmopathy, but that various eye complications can arise from various thyroid diseases. I also learned the simplified approach to clinical evaluation of TED and how best to use the Hertel exophthalmometer, as well as simple scoring tests for the severity of TED. I have also learned a simplified approach to medical management of TED.

After the lecture, I congratulated Jordan.

“Would you like to turn this into a manuscript for a review article?” I asked.

“Certainly,” He said.

I gave him some guidelines and suggested he add some pictures to the review article. Coincidentally, we saw one of my patients with Graves’ disease and ophthalmopathy last week. I invited her to come to clinic to volunteer, as Jordan would examine her eyes with the Hertel exophthalmometer. After she gave a written consent, she returned next day, and we took the pictures.

In 3 days, a 5000-plus word, eloquently written review article was ready to be edited and submitted, with three neat tables and two crisp illustrative pictures!

I could not believe how efficient Jordan was. It would usually take several weeks for such a comprehensive review article to be written.