Dr. Centor thinks so:

Medical students spend the first 2 years with step 1 anxiety. This is a difficult test, which - in my opinion - adversely influences the teaching of basic science. Medical school leaders design the first 2 years of medical school so that their students have a good chance to pass the test.

We need to know basic basic science to be excellent physicians. But ...

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This is consistent with the woo that AMSA continues to push:

At participating med schools, students are being taught to ask patients what, if any, alternative therapies they are using "” if for no other reason than to flag practices that could interfere with their medical treatment. Some herbs, for example, can interfere with the body's absorption of certain drugs.
(via The WSJ Health Blog)

Richard Reece tells us what's on his mind:

Q: What's wrong with foreign-trained doctors coming to America?

A: Nothing. The AMA says foreign citizens or Americans graduates of foreign medical schools (about 20% of the total) account for 229,000 of the 902,000 physicians practicing in the U.S. That's 25% compared to 42% of foreign-graduates practicing in the U.K.

Q: So what's your problem?

A: The problem ...

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This should be mandatory in medical school. This eye-opening experience really demonstrates the lamb-like, idealistic naivety of American medical students today.

Hey, it's better than what medical students used to have to do:

The concept of the standardized patient has been around for decades, but only in recent years have medical schools made training with them a regular part of their curriculum. I talked to a 50-ish physician friend about my experiences, and he said when he was in medical school and it was time for the first rectal/genital exam, ...

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Physicians in France make about $55,000 per year. Can that be realistically applied here?

France reimburses its doctors at a far lower rate than U.S. physicians would accept. However, French doctors don't have to pay back their crushing student loans because medical school is paid for by the state, and malpractice insurance premiums are a tiny fraction of the $55,000 a year and up that many U.S. doctors pay. ...

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Drug seekers

Panda on the two philosophies when dealing with drug seekers, as well as ditching his PDA.

I stopped using my PDA as well a few weeks ago. ePocrates was nice, but the database kept corrupting and it wanted to sync all the time. I went back to Tarascon, which I haven't used since medical school. I never remembered it being so thick.

WSJ on the increasing diversity of medical students:

In the past 15 years, U.S. medicine has seen a huge influx of first- and second-generation immigrants. It follows and augments a different demographic trend that began 30 years ago with the acceptance of increasing numbers of women into medical schools. As a result of that earlier revolutionary change, half of new practitioners today are women.
(via a reader tip)

The triple-amputee is poised to become a pediatric specialist:

Kellie Lim, who became a triple amputee at age 8 because of bacterial meningitis, is to graduate from UCLA's medical school on Friday, and she plans to focus on childhood allergies and infections disease.

The Michigan native, 26, does not use a prosthetic arm and manages to perform most medical procedures "” including giving injections and taking blood "” with ...

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These prospective students in this forum sure are aiming high.

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