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Medical Students Jump In To Help The Uninsured

Apr 7, 2015

At an Institute for Family Health center near Union Square in New York City, medical student Sara Stream asks a new patient named Alicia what brings her in. The 34-year-old woman arrived last summer from Guatemala, and says she hasn't been seen by a doctor in many years.

Her list of ailments is long.

"I have trouble seeing, headaches, problems with my stomach," says Alicia, who declined to use her full name, because she is in the country illegally. "I feel depressed."

The University of Texas Southwestern class of 2014 is celebrating graduation. Class vice president Amy Ho has shed her scrubs for heels and a black dress. She says with modern technology, med school really wasn't too hard.

"If you want to do the whole thing by video stream, you can," she says. "I would wake up at 10 a.m., work out for an hour or so, get some lunch and then video stream for 6 hours and then go to happy hour. It actually was not that bad."

AMA's Susan Skochelak On Reshaping Medical Education

Oct 10, 2014
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The field of medical education is experiencing just as much upheaval these days as the field of medicine itself. My next guest is Dr. Susan Skochelak. She is vice president for medical education for the AMA. And she's helping lead a national overhaul for how new physicians are trained. For one thing, she wants them to learn more about teamwork. 

Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research.

In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist.

Some of us are lucky enough to stumble into a job that we love. That was the case for Gabrielle Nuki. The 16-year-old had never heard of standardized patients until her advisor at school told her she should check it out.

"I was kind of shocked, and I was kind of like, 'Oh, is there actually something like this in the world?' "

Shortly after finishing my second year of medical school I have come to Iquitos, Peru. With a population of nearly half a million, it is the world's largest city inaccessible by road. Iquitos is located along the Amazon River, so the only way to get here is by boat or airplane. And cars come at a premium.

The main mode of transport is the motokar, a motorized versions of the three-wheeled rickshaw, with loud two-stroke engines and no emissions controls. Rush hour sounds as if you're surrounded by an angry swarm of lawnmowers. The exhaust can be stifling in the hot, humid air.

IU Surgery Residents Hone Skills In Art Class

Jul 18, 2014
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Last summer, reporter Sandy Roob sat in on an art class at the Indianapolis Art Center, where Indiana University plastic surgery residents sketched a nude male model. 

Author Danielle Ofri On The Challenges Faced By Medical Students

Jun 20, 2014
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Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of the book "What Doctors Feel," speaks with Sound Medicine's host Barbara Lewis on the range of emotions and struggles faced by physicians. Dr. Ofri is a 20-year internist at Bellevue Hospital; an associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine; and editor-in-chief of Bellevue Literary Review.

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After the overwhelming amount of pessimism and unhappiness among doctors was revealed in the 2012 Physician’s Foundation’s “Survey of American Physicians,” 13 Indiana University medical students organized a workshop to address the issue and look for solutions. Over 100 medical students attended. The daylong workshop “Finding Inspiration and Resilience in Medicine” was held April 25 at Eskanazi Hospital.