Laura Thompson, MD MS
Department of Emergency Medicine
OSU Wexner Medical Center
- What is your most memorable moment of teaching?
I love the moment when you can help a student figure out if a patient is “sick” or “not sick.” It is an incredibly important teaching point, and after a student has 3-4 years of classroom and clinical learning in med school, it is great to see it all come together.
- Who or what has been your greatest influence?
My dad believed in a life of service, and I see education and medicine as two fields that intersect with service to students, patients, and society. My mom always juggled work and family, and has been a role model as I’ve started my career.
- Any advice for other clerkship directors?
There is a balance to being a clerkship director – being a student advocate and holding your students to high standards to help them become great physicians. It was initially challenging to be the one to call students out when they weren’t performing well in one area. But I think it is perhaps those students we can help the most – if we can identify the gaps in knowledge or in skills, it becomes so much easier to train the next generation of physicians.
- What is your favorite part about being and educator/director?
I love clinical teaching and finding the one or two major points per shift that a student can walk away with a have as a new skill or new skills.
- Any interesting factoids you would like to share?
I tell my trainees that you never know where you will learn your leadership skills for running a code or an arrest. When I was a resident, I was in the CTICU on an overnight with a patient in extremis. After things were managed, one of the more seasoned nurses turned to me and said “Were you a coxswain or something??” Indeed – I was a coxswain for about 6 years, and those leadership skills have helped me manage many difficult situations. So, I encourage my mentees to work hard in whatever they pursue, and realize the arenas of work and play are not always so different.