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Why curious premeds make better doctors

from PreMedLife

Some experts say that the most important characteristic a medical student should have is curiosity' however, the urge to investigate and discover new things is suppressed in medical students and physicians. Dr. Faith T. Fitzgerald, former dean of students at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, discovered that students who seem totally without curiosity or culture, were in their private worlds, avid poets, artists, musicians, and craftspersons of exquisite skills, vitally interested in a wide range of topics. In an article about his lived experiences, Dr. Fitzgerald wrote: "Medical education itself suppresses the expression of curiosity, emphasizing examinable facts rather than more ineffable thought processes in order to provide reproducible experiences for students." more

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