Answering (and writing) consults
A few days later I received a message to call Colonel Internist, MD, USAF. Now I was just a measly Ensign, medical student, and was, of course, terrified.
However, he was very nice. He asked me why I hadn't done the test he requested. When I told him, he agreed that it was the wrong test, but suggested that, because he had asked a specific question about a specific test, that I should have answered the question. I should have explained why I wasn't doing the test he ordered and why the test I did was preferable.
He went on to spend a fair bit of time with me about the need to ask specific questions of consultants and the need to give specific answers when I was the consultant.
A very useful interaction.