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Lives of Doctor Wives: Thoughts on Ranking Medical Schools

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thoughts on Ranking Medical Schools

Found these posts and thought it might interest some. The second article comments on the first.

Rethinking the Way We Rank Medical Schools

During my internship, the first year after graduating from medical school, I took care of a middle-aged woman who began our first conversation with a question that patients still ask me today.

“So doctor,” she said as I pulled my stethoscope out to listen to her heart, “where did you go to medical school?”
In a social context, I might have considered her question to be polite chatter, a filler during an awkward quiet moment. But on that particular afternoon her words felt more like a dart lobbed at what I had presumed to be a budding and promising patient-doctor relationship... read article

What Makes for a ‘Top’ Medical School: the disconnect between medical schools and national priorities

Terrific piece by Pauline Chen describing the stark disconnect between our national health care workforce needs and what our medical schools produce.

Our nation desperately needs a larger and more effective primary care workforce.  This need is driven by the decades of research linking high performing health systems to good primary care.  People who have more access to good primary care (easy access, good relationship, comprehensive services, care coordination) are less apt to end up the hospital or emergency department - an outcome we can all agree is in our personal as well as collective best interest... read article


Blogger TheFamousStacie said...

Oh how my husband an I differed on this subject.

It is interesting how people chose to rank schools in their own minds.

I wanted him to go to the local DO school because it was highly ranked and I like the DO Philosophy.

He, on the other hand, chose to go to an MD school that was ranked lower because of the whole "stigma" thing.

While I was leary of his personal way of ranking schools, vs. the national way, NOW having gone through the match process I understand how difficult 4th year DO medical students have it.

Not all of them, but specifically those DO's going to heavily MD residencies have an added challenge. And an extra set of Board EXAMS!!!! YIKES!!

I am grateful now we didn't have to face that challenge, and I understand why DrH ranked the schools the way he did.

June 28, 2010 at 1:56 PM  

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