In his recent TED talk, Atul Gawande harkens back to the central thesis of his recent book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightCan pit crews really heal medicine? that medicine has become too complex for physicians to act as cowboys and instead should adopt the paradigm of a pit crew, utilizing teamwork and the humble checklist to solve problems and avert emergencies. Is this really true though? Can "pit ...

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During Christmas holidays, many medical students, interns, and residents will not be celebrating the holidays with their families. Instead, they will be on call, or night shifts, or just long schedules, taking care of patients. For life and death, sickness and health, do not take holidays, and nor should our compassion for taking care of those who are in trying times. I recall working last year on Christmas Eve at ...

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Becoming a doctor is a long and arduous process. Between taking pre-med courses, taking the MCATWhy doctors should pursue another degree, applying to medical schools, matriculating, then taking test after test after test until you take the big one (USMLE Step 1) before which you did questions all day long for weeks from a good USMLE question bank ...

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The e-reader battles are clearly heating up, with the Apple iPad, the aggressive marketing of the KindleApple iPad, Amazon Kindle, or the Nook for medical students and the Nook trying to sneak its way into the conversation. What does this mean for medical students? Should iPadsApple iPad, Amazon Kindle, or the Nook for medical students be mandatory in medical school? Joseph Kim of Mobile Health Computing argues that it certainly should be, but I think ...

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A century ago in the U.S.,  the American Medical Association (AMA) created the Council of Medical Education (CME) to evaluate the standard of medical education. In 1908, the committee recruited the Carnegie Foundation to survey the 155 medical schools operating at the time in order to see whether they met the standard of medical education set by the CME. The Carnegie Foundation in turn asked Abraham Flexner, a professional educator, to ...

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