Medical School Could Set the Stage for Future Medical Malpractice
Posted on Feb 01, 2012
Chances are if you are seeing a doctor for a diagnosis or treatment of an illness or injury, then that doctor has completed medical school. Many doctors in the United States are trained at medical schools in the United States, but are those medical schools preparing doctors for the future jobs? Will your doctor be able to listen to your concerns, make a proper diagnosis and implement a proper treatment plan for you?
Recently, some potential flaws in medical education have been raised that may give you reason to pause and think about whether the doctor treating you is prepared to do so. Specifically, concerns have been raised about:
- Medical school professors who overwhelmingly tend to be research based professors and not experienced medical clinicians.
- Medical school curriculum that may be too focused on the science of medicine and not enough on the art of medicine. For example, is too much emphasis based on physics and chemistry to the detriment of time spent teaching how to effectively communicate with patients and make tricky diagnoses?
- The attitude of doctors when they finish their medical education. Does the current model of medical school, internship and residency give doctors too much unfounded confidence? Are too many doctors graduating thinking that there is nothing that they don’t know and thereby overlooking possible diagnoses and making mistakes?