Conversations I Wish I Had

Recipe for Good/Bad Doctors

Dr. Eugene Paul

It has often been presumed that the proper and most appropriate educational background for the aspiring medical student is one based in the hard sciences; biology, chemistry, physics. Generally, the bias use to be to overwhelmingly accept students with a strong background in these areas and the highest scores on the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT). Many in the general population seem to believe, intuitively, that high grades means you’re smart and the smartest doctors make the best doctors. You often hear many advancing the false dichotomy; “would you prefer that your doctor be smart or an effective communicator.” Of course, as with many things in life, there is no either/or. The most sensible answer to the above question would be, I would think,  “both.” When it’s all about grades, all about the numbers, then anything goes, which will allow you to “get over.” This, no doubt, accounts for some of…

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