When I was a resident, we'd often have med students rotating with us, notably students who wanted to match with us. If the student was working with me, the program director or chief would usually ask me about them and whether I thought they'd make a good resident.
Often, I wasn't sure what to say. Even though sometimes they were kind of annoying, I wasn't sure if I should just chalk that up to wanting to make a good impression (but not knowing how).
It made me wonder about how (or if) the qualities of a good med student differ from the qualities of a good resident. I believe that there IS a difference.
For example, I think that a good med student is someone who is there to support the resident they work with. They are someone who is eager but can also sense when the resident is too busy to deal with them. They are somewhat knowledgeable, but more importantly, remember information you taught them and are able to apply it. If you give them a task to do, they do it without complaining or asking a hundred follow-up questions. Also, they're courteous to their fellow med students and don't make an effort to make them look bad.
In contrast, a good resident is someone who is diligent, independent, eager, knowledgeable, and dependable. They don't dump work on their fellow residents and are willing to pitch in for help when it's needed.
I think the main difference is that it's hard (and rare) for a resident to be overeager. I haven't experienced much in the way of "resident gunners," but maybe that's just me. I think the main two qualities that make a resident bad are:
1) Poor patient care (which includes anything from not following up labs to poor documentation/signout)
2) Dumping work on fellow residents
What do you think are desirable qualities in a resident vs. a medical student?