Category Archives: Education

“Hippocrates vs. Star Trek”

Today on KevinMD, Dr. Richard Levin, president and CEO of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, reflects on white coats and the past and future of medicine. The rumors of the doctors’ demise are premature. In this country, there have never been … Continue reading

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Best medical articles of 2012

If you were busy living, learning, studying, or otherwise occupied in 2012, you may have missed out on some of the fantastic medical journalism and essays of 2012. Fortunately, the editor of Stanford Medicine has curated a thoughtful and intriguing … Continue reading

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Wow. Thanks to everyone who made the Inaugural Humanism Day Conference an absolute blast. Check back later on for pictures and updates. And to all our new readers – welcome!

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Inaugural Humanism Day Conference – Last chance to register!

It’s the last call to register for the Inaugural NJMS Humanism Day Conference, on Wednesday, March 14 in Newark, NJ. Please join us for a day of free workshops and presentations, featuring keynote speaker Mark Nepo. We hope to see you … Continue reading

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Heard on the Floors – Quechua edition

Picture a deeply sun-bronzed woman in a wide-brimmed, straw hat. She is wearing a traditional, quilted vest decorated with red, green, and black woven designs which cover many more layers of wool and alpaca garments beneath. This woman speaks some … Continue reading

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Playing Doctor

There’s a column over at McSweeney’s called “Playing Doctor” which breaks down the complex choreography of standardized patient encounters. In medical school, students learn history-taking and physical exam by practicing on actors who play patients. Robert Isenberg, an actor and … Continue reading

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Picasso’s glimpse into humanistic medicine

This past summer as I backpacked through Europe, I stumbled into the Museu Picasso, nestled in the tortuous La Ribera section of Barcelona, Spain. The museum, which feels more like a medieval Spanish villa, was supported by the late artist, … Continue reading

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Your TEDMEDucation

If you’re a medical student not watching TED videos yet, you might want to start. TEDMED (a spin-off of TED) has phenomenal short talks “imagining the future of health and medicine.”  Below, Brian Goldman discusses, “Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about … Continue reading


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Improvement of the mind through extensive reading

There’s a scene in Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Darcy states that in addition to the usual accomplishments necessary for an early 19th century young lady, one “must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by … Continue reading

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Art, Frankenstein, and a pleasant break from anatomy

“I beheld the wretch — the miserable monster whom I had created.” This poignant moment, realized by Mary Shelley’s notorious Dr. Victor Frankenstein, represents the literary crux of science and medicine. Almost every physician at some stage in their education … Continue reading

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