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She was an undergraduate pre-med who worked as a medical scribe in an emergency department at the university hospital (scribes chart the conversations that happen between busy ED physicians and patients).  At one point in her train of speech, she exclaimed, “Oh! A resident (physician-student) showed me this thing… umm…”

“A medical specialty selections quiz?” I speculated.

“Yeah!”

I astounded myself with this little victory.  “How did I know that?”  This was a rare tangible exercise of intuition (usually intuitive understandings are of more subtle usefulness).  As she was making her way thorough her sentence, I remember feeling circuits in my mind “connecting”—taking into account innumerable factors.  Of the multitude of possible connections, I can only consciously speculate that my subconscious drew on (1) her being pre-med, (2) consideration of things that a resident physician could show a pre-med and so bemuse her with, (3) memories of my own amusement when first learning about the medical specialty selection quiz.  It sounds dull when written out in such a way, but the phenomenal thing is that these three considerations as well as dozens of unknown others were made in literally a single second—or whatever was the amount of time it took her to finish her sentence.

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Written by meusintuitus

September 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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