I'd like to thank the Association of American Medical Colleges for profiling me as one of their motivational stories.  It's an honor. Here are some of the questions and topics I address:

  • Please describe your typical work day and what it’s like to balance your career as a physician and a blogger.
  • What advice do you have for medical school applicants when ...

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Recently, I received a call from the son of some old friends. This 30-year-old man has been an elementary schoolteacher for the past few years and recently decided that he would like to go to medical school and eventually become a surgeon. He wanted to know what I thought of the idea. Suppressing the urge to tell him not to even consider ...

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by Christopher Bayne I still remember the first time I entered the anatomy lab. Heck, I remember the first time I entered the hallway leading to the anatomy lab. I wouldn't say an anatomy lab "smells." That is, an anatomy lab doesn't smell "bad": the odor can't be defined as good or bad. Really, it's neither. But the scent is distinctive. If you've been ...

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by Pierce Hibma Want to really understand the reality of US medical education debt? Then allow me to pull back the curtains to expose the financial monster that awaits me after I earn my MD. I am a third medical student at a private medical school in the Midwest. Fortunately, I was able to graduate from college without any financial debt ...

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Skeptical Scalpel writing at KevinMD.com in a post giving some advice to second year medical students nails the problem with medical education on the head:

Rather than forcing [medical students] to memorize information, we should be teaching you how analyze and synthesize it as it relates to your patient.
Our increasingly sophisticated and robust understanding of the pathophysiology of human disease processes coupled with the growth in diagnostic testing power ...

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I was talking to a young man who is starting medical school this fall. His tuition at one of South Carolina’s newer schools will be $40,000 per year. That’s admittedly on the high end. On the low end, it runs a paltry $33,000 per year. And this is all after college, of course. He and others like him are taking out loans to the tune of $240,000 to pay for their ...

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I interview approximately 60 prospective physicians for medical school over the course of the year and 40 physicians who are applying for the residency program. The pre-med students (almost all of whom are the age of my children) tend to have pretty good interview skills and are trying very hard to get into medical school ("I've wanted to be a doctor for as long ...

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Medical school is a wonderful, but at times difficult experience.  As you start this fantastic journey, there are a few "rules" I think might help. 1. You can drink from a fire hydrant, but you’ll need to learn how. The amount of information you are going to be exposed to in medical school is logarithmically more than you had to learn in ...

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I sometimes wonder if we spend too much time talking about professionalism. It is not that I don't think we should promote professionalism. Of course we should. But many discussions of professionalism descend into overly academic and scholarly treatises that end up obscuring rather than clarifying the values such discussions hope to promote. It may be a mistake to overly ...

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A guest column by the American Board of Internal Medicine, exclusive to KevinMD.com. KevinMD.com recently posted a blog noting that Watson, the IBM super computer who successfully beat two contestants on Jeopardy, would eventually make board certification exams obsolete. He argues that exams that rely on “memory-based curriculum” focused on recall of facts will become unnecessary. I agree. Recall ...

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