Tag: medical school

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February 28, 2017

Tough Love for Your Personal Statement: Advice from a Medical School Dean

By Sunny Nakae The Stritch School of Medicine received 11,355 applications for 160 seats for the 2017-2018 season.  Thousands of applicants have the required coursework, strong grades and test scores.  The word is out that students need volunteer work, clinical exposure, leadership, and research in order to be competitive.  Every applicant submits a primary personal […]
February 7, 2017

Loss: The Hidden Barrier to Professional Identity Formation

By Meaghan P. Ruddy Paying attention to the wider trends in medical education recently makes it difficult to miss the growing voice of Pamela Wible, MD and her crusade to end physician, resident and medical student suicides.  One premise of her argument is that all the language around burnout and resilience misses the point.  The […]
January 25, 2017

DACA Medical Students- Making America Great Again!

By Kimrey Van Perre My friends have been called “courageous” for sharing their plight as undocumented students with the US Congress.  They have been called “DREAMers” due to the Dream Act that has been repeatedly introduced in Congress but never passed.  I call them “selfless” and “unrelenting” in their commitment to the medically underserved despite […]
January 17, 2017

Stories from the Border: Hearing the Voice of All Community Members

By Audrey Hertenstein We shuffled through the metal detector and were directed to stand with our backs against a wall – the final step in an hour long process to enter the Florence, AZ Detention Center to visit with detainees the organization Mariposas sin Fronteras had been communicating with to offer assistances such as letters […]
December 27, 2016

ICYMI: The Best of Reflective MedEd

With the holidays upon us, we are taking this opportunity to showcase a few excellent posts from the year gone by.  We invite you to check out these highly popular posts. Darrell G. Kirch, MD, “Educating for Resilience and Humanism in an Uncertain Time.” https://reflectivemeded.org/2016/09/27/educating-for-resilience-and-humanism-in-an-uncertain-time/   Hedy Wald, PhD, “Becoming Zusha: Reflecting on Potential in […]
November 29, 2016

Our Devices, Our Selves: How to Avoid Practicing Distracted Doctoring

By Laura Vearrier Americans check their phones an average of 46 times per day, (Eadicicco 2015) and they do so no matter what they are doing, including while driving, while at church, during sex, or out to dinner. (Rodriguez 2013) Are healthcare providers any different?  In a survey of medical students, 46 % reported texting, […]
October 25, 2016

Memento Mori- Reflecting on my Death and the Education of Medical Students

By Laura Creel As part of their undergraduate medical education, students discuss end-of-life care; they hear lectures about valuing the lives and deaths of future patients; they are instructed in the legal issues surrounding advance directives and care planning.  They see death, too—see it in the cadavers that they incise, see it in patients who […]
August 30, 2016

Building a House, Creating a Home

By Matthew Schreier “There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.” ~Rosalynn Carter Food, water, shelter, education. These facets of a healthy, safe lifestyle are seen by most of us as a basic human right.  It is in their steady presence that we are able to pursue our goals of personal growth, […]
August 24, 2016

The Value of Reflection in Clinical Teaching

By Patricia Stubenberg “No words are ofterner on our lips than thinking and thought.”  – John Dewey The teaching physician has opportunities for personal and professional growth through reflection and revisiting not only their own experiences in training and practice, but also their role as clinical teachers with medical students and residents.  Studies on reflection in […]
June 14, 2016

Sacred and Profane: Balancing the sanctity of the human body with the mechanics of cadaver dissection

By Michael Dauzvardis Often heard on the first day of anatomy lab: “Oh— I’m so glad the cadaver doesn’t look real. It is gray and ashen.  The skin is wrinkled and the head is shaven. I can do this— I’ll make the first cut.” In fall, in medical schools across the country, students begin their […]

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April 14, 2012 5:58 am

Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science (New York Times)

Prof. Piers J. Hale knew something was up when his students at the University of Oklahoma were clamoring this spring to get into his medical ethics class, which was formerly populated largely by social science majors. What led to the sudden burst of popularity, he discovered, were plans by the Association of American Medical Colleges to revise the medical school admissions test to incorporate a hefty dose of social science.

April 13, 2012 11:02 am

Is medical school admission squashing creativity? (Unofficial Prognosis)

What does it take to get into medical school today? High MCAT scores. Pre-requisites galore, coupled with a stellar GPA. Research experience. Clinical experience. Volunteering. Is this system a root cause of the lack of creativity among people going into medicine?