I’m currently a PA student on clinicals and I’m gettin real tired of the comments. Usually it’s the middle-age/old men. Never overtly sexual (except the “subtle” boob glances) but, as an example my patient yesterday told my male preceptor he was “lucky to have such a beautiful woman as a student”. I also get a lot of comments about how young I look from all sorts of patients – leading to lots of “girly” and “little girl” comments. I’ve even been thinking of cutting my hair to look a little older. At first I didn’t really care – I’ve been a bartender and a waitress so it’s nothing I haven’t heard before. But lately it’s every damn day and this morning I even had the thought, “Am I actually good at talking to patients or do they just smile and nod cause I’m pretty?” I’m usually really confident in my clinical skills and so it suddenly hit home how those comments can sink in over time.
How do you deal with this from patients specifically? I know guys go through this too. And I mean any inappropriate comments about your appearance, not just being called attractive. My boyfriend thinks that, since I’m a student, it’s my preceptor’s responsibility to pull the patient aside at the end of the visit and give them a “talking to”.
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