Thursday, February 09, 2006

Why don't they teach doctors useful stuff ?

When I was in medical school, we were taught all sorts of fascinating and esoteric facts about the human body - and we took pride in memorising these and regurgitating them on demand during the examinations ! However, I ( as I am sure is true of over 99% of doctors) have forgotten over 95% of these - and this does not affect the quality of care my patients receive. Most of what is taught in medical school is irrelevant and meaningless.
This are some of the subjects I feel medical students need to be taught, to help them become better doctors.

1. How to talk to patients
2. How to run a business
3. How to network with colleagues
4. How to manage money ( including learning how to speculate)

These are "real-life" skills - all of which can be taught. Most doctors learn them "on the job" - but some never do !


  1. Anonymous12:15 PM

    I Agree with u Dr.Malpani.

  2. I totally agree here as a doctor who is about to finish my Radiology residency, i sometimes feel that my most useful skills are those which i acquired by my own enterprise post med school like talking to patients, computers and now i ve started to understd a bit of money matters not too well though.. but the point is well made.. i personally believe there shud be emphasis on communications skills, computers & internet and basic money matters in Med schools...

  3. Anonymous2:28 AM

    I totally agree with all the well said words of some more aware physicians of our homeland. I am currently a resident doctor in the states sfter having completed my medical school and radiology residency training in India, and can actually see how the Indian medical schools fail to give med students any kind of reality check on more important issues in their carreers!


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