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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
5:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Future Docs 5: Are We Training Enough New Doctors?

Brian Drolet, MD preps for a busy day in the Rhode Island Hospital surgery clinic.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The nation spends billions of dollars every year training future doctors. But health care experts worry we’re still not training enough doctors to prevent a serious shortage.

Next in our Future Docs series, we explore the problem and some possible solutions.

Brian Drolet is a fourth year plastic surgery resident at Rhode Island Hospital. He’s originally from New Hampshire, and went to medical school at Vanderbilt University. He says he’s drawn to plastic surgery because of the variety of cases.

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