Roy Poses looks behind the scenes at medical schools:

Dr Goldman reveals that in the typical medical school, the most important criterion for faculty success if generation of external funding, that is, generation of fees for clinical work, or of grants from external sponsors. Whether a faculty member is good at patient care, teaching, or research, or whether he or she upholds the highest professional standards, is secondary.
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Doctors who deny

Are doctors who work for health insurance administration breaking the Hippocratic Oath?

Many of these health plan doctors, whose job it is to reject claims, end up being paid to violate the Hippocratic oath they took when they graduated from medical school "“ to "first, do no harm." The American Medical Association's position on physicians' behavior outside the exam room is very clear: "Physicians in administrative and other nonclinical ...

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Canadian doctor defection

Canadian physician Couz explains why Canadian doctors defect to the US. Attend a Canadian medical school for a fraction of the cost; work in the US for a significantly more lucrative work environment:

Much of it comes down to money. There is more of it in the States. Docs south of the border are paid considerably more (in the private system, at least) than here in Canada. Higher ...

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Trips to the art gallery are being incorporated into some medical schools:

A few other medical schools have incorporated art museum trips into their curricula to encourage students to look and think differently about their patients, but UNMC may be the first to bring artists into the classroom to share their creative process.

Teaching physicians are getting harder to come by, given the fact that teaching is largely undercompensated. Harvard is helping solve this issue:

There is wide variation in what the roughly 7,000 full-time instructors at Harvard Medical School are paid to teach the school's 771 students in classrooms, labs, and hospitals. Some are paid at well below going rates for doctors' services -- $30 an hour for some courses ...

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Unfortunate turn of events for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine. Their only teaching hospital was downsized, leading to the elimination of 15 residency programs.

Details are emerging from this sordid tale where a psychiatry resident was seducing the attendings:

Allegations are unfolding of sex among residents and doctors in the psychiatry department at UCLA's medical school that are part of an unusual sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a male resident against UCLA and a woman who was one of his supervising physicians.

Jurors will be asked to decide whether the Columbia University-educated doctor ...

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How increasing specialization is another factor driving up health care costs:

Changing the way medical school works could also help alleviate the problem, Frey said. Currently, the number of slots available for different specializations is not based on society`s needs. The high number of specialists, in turn, creates more demand for expensive services.

A reader reacts to AMSA's naive support of a single-payer system:

Like most activists, the medical students' good intentions drip off the page in the article, "These future doctors want to fix health care". However, they speak in flowery terms to describe a Marxist medical system. The reason hospitals are underfunded is because of mandated free medical care to everyone who comes to an emergency room "“ including illegal aliens. ...

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Has it come down to this?

Aptly titled, Medical Student in Debt, a blog asking for donations to fund this student's medical school education. (via Dr. Crippen)

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