This NYT article regarding college students’ recruitment to Wall Street is compelling. The author highlights the financial incentives that direct students to financial careers – and away from graduate degrees like medicine.
A few weeks ago, I recommended reading This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes, and today I want to highlight another must-read for the physician or doctor-to-be. The Spirit Catches you and You Fall Down was published in 1997 and promptly won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, among other accolades.
The book chronicles the U.S. medical experience of a Hmong family, showcasing the twisted miscommunications between the two groups. It’s an excellent story and strong reminder to all medical caregivers as to how – although everyone may be aiming for the patient’s best – cultural differences can spoil the doctor-patient relationship.
There’s an interesting article in the NYT regarding doctors’ seeking salaried jobs over private practice ones. It covers differences in attitudes between established doctors and those newly in the field.
On another note, I just spoke with a first-year medical student who had the foresight to seek help now regarding how her next few years of medical school can be optimized to improved a future residency application. We discussed this year’s summer opportunities, the USMLE, her research and leadership opportunities, amongst other topics.
Contact me early for admissions assistance for a long-term plan.