Pimping, much like medicine, is a complex mixture of art and science.
Every attending and resident who pimps has had a different experience of clinical pimping that shapes their approach and attitudes about the activity. Some use it a genuine teaching tool, some to assess knowledge, while others were taught to use it to show dominance. Regardless of intent, medical students can use the opportunity to learn, and even show-off with the right preparation! With a little shot of adrenaline from the public pop-quiz, the answer sticks in long-term memory much better than just about any other study mode.
It’s time to take back Pimping from an activity that causes stress and anxiety, to a truly useful learning mechanism for students and residents of all levels!