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Breaking Bad News

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During a medical school interview, particularly in a multiple-mini-interview (MMI) format, you might be asked how you would go about breaking bad news to a patient. While this task might seem unfair to ask of a candidate medical student, it is no less daunting for me – now a second-year student, and in fact, for practicing physicians. This week, NPR ...

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Ashton Kutcher’s Advice For Future Doctors

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By Evan Laveman I generally keep my PDr articles pretty focused on the medical realm, but today I wanted to briefly step outside of it to recognize someone who has demonstrated values that I’ve found personally relevant to my growth in medical school. Today, that person is Ashton Kutcher, who gave an acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards last ...

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PDr Review – Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

PDr Review - Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

I recently read this article by William Deresiewicz called Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League and thought it was well-written and fascinating. Even though it didn’t directly apply to premeds, I thought the points addressed by Deresiewicz are things that premeds should keep in mind. Let me first say that I do not agree with everything that is said ...

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Medical School Rankings Threatening Future of Health Care?

Medical School Rankings Threatening Future of Health Care?

One of the many important decisions a future physician will make in his or her career is the medical school they choose to attend. The highly competitive application process is supposedly designed to ensure that our matriculating medical students will be able and wanting to contribute transformative innovation to the communities and institutions in which they end up working. However, ...

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3 Year Medical School

3 Year Medical School

Graduate college in four years. Graduate medical school in four years. Complete a residency program and finally become a doctor. Yes, everybody knows the training required to become a physician is physically, mentally, and financially exhausting. Is it possible to lighten the load for medical students? Three schools believe it is. N.Y.U., Texas Tech Health Center, and Mercer University have ...

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Coffee Reduces Risk of Oral Cancer?

Coffee Reduces Risk of Oral Cancer?

Coffee drinkers rejoice! Recent research from the American Cancer Society states that coffee intake is associated with reduced risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer. The prospective study, which began in 1982, included 968,432 men and women who were cancer free at enrollment. The results indicated that an “intake of >4 cups/day of caffeinated coffee was associated with a 49% lower risk of ...

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