Future Docs

Future Docs is a radio and online documentary project that follows the experiences of medical students and residents as they become doctors. They are our “Future Docs.” Our key question: what’s it like to become a doctor today in Rhode Island, and how is that changing? Along the way, we’re talking to experts, analyzing relevant news, and looking beyond Rhode Island’s borders to create a richer picture of doctor education today.

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Future Docs
5:14 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Med Students: Feeling Your Pain?

The medical students we've been following this year, Sarah Rapoport and Peter Kaminski, are about to wrap up their second year of medical school and, with it, their time in the classroom. They'll spend their third and fourth years in the hospital, learning on the job.

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Future Docs
6:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Download a Future Doc, Listen on the Go

Missed a Future Doc? You can always listen online. Or here's a way to download a story and listen later: just click on the story you're interested in, and look for the download link above it, to the right.

Future Docs
11:30 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Friday is 'Match Day' for the Nation's Future Doctors

Credit Pi., Leiden, Holland / Wikimedia Commons

This Friday at 1:00 pm EDT, more than 17,000 U.S. medical school seniors and another 16,000 other applicants (internationals, etc.) find out where they'll train as residents for the next several years of their lives.

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Future Docs
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Future Docs 7: Sarah and Peter Reach a Milestone

Second-year medical student Sarah Rapoport takes the microphone.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

During the past school year, Rhode Island Public Radio has been following two Brown University medical students to see how medical training is evolving with changes in health care. We’re checking in now with Future Docs Sarah Rapoport and Peter Kaminski, who are about to leave the classroom for the exam room – in more ways than one.

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Future Docs
5:35 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Diversity in Med School: Some Ups, Some Downs

Medical school applicants by race, 1977-2011
Credit Association of American Medical Colleges

New data is out in a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges on diversity in medical school applications, enrollments, graduations, and faculty. The headlines: future doctors are still mostly white, and mostly men. But the gap has narrowed dramatically between female and male graduates. African American applications to medical school are up more than 30%, but fewer black men are applying these days.

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Future Docs
4:04 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

More med school grads, but fewer residency slots

Credit National Residency Match Program

As if getting into medical school weren't competitive enough. Today's and tomorrow's graduates will find it increasingly harder to nab a residency position, unless Congress acts to lift the cap on residency slots it's kept in place for nearly 15 years.

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Future Docs
5:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Future Docs 6: Facing an older, sicker nation

Medical student Peter Kaminski works through a patient scenario with team members from local nursing, social work, and pharmacy schools.
Credit Photo by: Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

As a nation, we’re getting older, and we’re getting sicker. More of us than ever are over the age of 65. And more of us are suffering from at least one chronic disease. Next in our Future Docs series, how medical schools are trying to prepare students for these new realities.

“Hello, this is the family doctor!”

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Future Docs
2:35 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Honoring your first patient: a cadaver

Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson"
Credit Public Domain

Medical students and doctors tell me they'll never forget their first cadaver, the body they came to know intimately in their first year anatomy class. I remember Future Docs Sarah Rapoport and Peter Kaminski telling me they felt a kind of reverence for this person who gave the gift of their body. At Brown University's medical school, a handful of students work together on the same cadaver throughout the whole session. They get to know a bit about the life that cadaver led before they encounter it in the lab.

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Future Docs
12:31 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

AMA invests $10M to transform doctor education

The American Medical Association announced this week a $10 million dollar initiative to help U.S. medical schools improve the education of future doctors. They're looking for proposals now from schools for projects that develop new ways of teaching and evaluating medical students, new ways of teaching them about the health care system and financing, and other attempts to, as they say, "bridge the widening gap between how physicians are being trained and the future needs of our health care system." Here's their launch video, complete with dramatic music!

Health Care
6:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Paying for graduate medical education: what experts say

This morning, you might have heard the next in our Future Docs series, which looks at a projected doctor shortage and how graduate medical education funding could staunch or deepen that shortage.

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