Medical School

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There’s no shortage of advice on healthy eating. But sometimes it seems there’s a shortage of reliable advice. Medical schools traditionally don’t offer much training in nutrition, but a new partnership between Johnson & Wales University and Tulane medical school could change that.

Welcome to a busy kitchen classroom at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. Typically, you’d find only culinary students here, busy chopping or sautéing, trying to plate the perfect dish. But for the past few weeks, they’ve been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs.

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Throughout the school year, we've been following two bright, young, future doctors. Now, we're wrapping up the journey with a one-hour documentary about the crucible of medical school, set against the backdrop of some of the most dramatic changes in health care in a generation. Listen to the full hour or individual segments online, below, or download and listen on the go.

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Some of the toughest decisions any of us will ever make will take place in a doctor’s office. But before those decisions ever come up, doctors must often wrestle with the options themselves. And those options are growing more complicated every year. In this next to last episode in our series Future Docs, we ask how today’s medical students are learning to grapple with tomorrow’s ethical questions.

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine / Quinnipiac University

This fall the new medical school at Connecticut's Quinnipiac University welcomes its first class of incoming students. And the school is apparently focused on turning out a particular kind of doctor. From their web site:

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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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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.

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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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!”

Brown University's medical school plans to launch a new program for medical students who want to focus on primary care. The program also aims to boost the number of primary care doctors in Rhode Island.

Researchers writing in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, think so. Or rather, after crunching the numbers – medical school debt load to potential income and expenses – they think medical students who decide to go into primary care as a specialty will be able to pay off their school debt on a primary care doctor’s salary.


A new report out from the Association of American Medical Colleges says medical school enrollment is up, and that we’re on track to increase it 30% by 2016.

Here are the numbers:

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There's more on our future docs series, including a brief history of medical education in the

Dr. Phil Gruppuso started out as a pediatrician. He says that when he entered med school in the 1970s, his path looked really clear.

"It was pretty simple for me. I was able to complete medical school knowing that I would become a licensed physician and would practice medicine in a system that was not very different than the one I'd grown up in. And that was really true until about five to 10 years ago."