Monthly Archives: December 2011

What aviation can teach us about medicine

Two hundred years ago, the only noninvasive visualization afforded to doctors was through the stethoscope. Today, our CTs, MRIs and other technologies offer unimaginable insight. The danger is, do we know what we’re looking at? The tragic tale of Flight … Continue reading

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Healing, panel by panel

Remember all those times when Lois Lane couldn’t understand where Clark Kent was running off to? Secret identities have been the crux of superhero struggles since the inception of comics. Time and again we’ve seen comic book heroes grapple with misunderstanding … Continue reading

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Anatomy – A New Frontier

Gross anatomy is exactly as it sounds. You learn anatomy, and smell gross afterwards. You spend 6-8 hours the day before studying and preparing for a 2-hour dissection the next day. When an exam approaches, you double the 6-8 hours … Continue reading

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Oh, the people you’ll meet – Medical Student Edition

The third year of medical school is definitely an interesting one. You leave the classroom and enter the big bad world of medicine, and you quickly realize that much of what you’ve learned is for naught. You also realize that … Continue reading

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Filed under Education, Heard on the Floors, Hidden curriculum

How Doctors Die

With the Baby Boomers now entering senior citizenhood, almost all future doctors will be, to some extent, geriatricians. It’s no wonder that discussions of end-of-life and advance care planning now figure heavily into medical education and policy discussion. Today, patients … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Policy

Back to the future

We frequently hear humanism in medicine discussed as though it’s a new trend in medical education. Yet back in 1986 (before many of today’s medical students were even born – yes, really) an “Education Watch” from the Times called attention … Continue reading

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Humanism in Perspective: Feedback

A few months ago, Atul Gawande wrote about the need for surgeons to be coached and receive feedback, much in the same way a professional sports player is groomed. Here, Dr. Dorian Wilson from the Center for Humanism at NJMS … Continue reading

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