|closer than you think|
What does this have to do with medicine? More and more doctors enter their practicing years burned out with little energy left to care for patients, and we're left with hospitals staffed by robots. As Dr. Kern would say, this is not the fault of individual doctors. It's the fault of the medical system at large, breaking down the humanity of doctors.
Our transformation into robots starts in med school, where the hidden curriculum is at work. Per wikipedia - the hidden curriculum is a side effect of the education system that teaches lessons that were not intended. Example - med students are encouraged to ask for help, yet anatomy lab professors chastise us every week by pimping us on the origin of obscure nerves. If they make us look like fools for not knowing every small detail, why would we dare to ask any stupid questions? And if we can't ask questions, we're left on an island to fend for ourselves. Coupled with having zero free time, the hidden curriculum leaves us too burned out to believe, love, care. Here's a diagram for you visual learners.
If you don't believe me, hit up pubmed. There are studies that document a decrease in empathy during med school. sidenote - before I go on, I'd like to make one thing clear. This is not me vs MUSC administration. I love MUSC. I really do. I sincerely respect the work the higher ups have done to keep MUSC on the upward trajectory. MUSC is the #5 most popular medical school, 75% of students offered an invitation to attend decide to accept. That is really great. Working in academia is thankless, and I am in deep admiration. What I hate is the hidden curriculum. This is a curriculum that reaches every med school from Harvard to the Caribbean.
Please don't believe that.
I wish I could tell you to look up to the role models in the older generation, but Ben Carsons and Paul Farmers are few and far between. And frankly, I've heard enough about Farmer and Carson. I get it - they're great - but they're past their prime. I want to hear about how we are changing medicine.
Throughout history, old people have dominated what young people think. They hold leadership positions, their faces run on television, they write newspaper columns. But not today. The media that modern med students consume are twitter, the blogosphere, and youtube. Conveniently, anyone can publish on those platforms. This is a time when young people can broadcast their beliefs loud and clear to anyone who will listen. This is a revolution. For the first time in history - naive, idealistic, young people have control over the propaganda.
We are the young generation. We leave high paying jobs to pursue a life with meaning because Christopher Wallace taught us that mo money mo problems. We spend our free mornings building relationships with poor kids at local high schools. We care about 'us' instead of obsess over how to get 'mine' because we know getting 'mine' is empty. If we band together, no one can beat us.
|we don't believe you|
you need more people
We need med students coming together and talking about life. I'm not saying don't study. I'm just saying, don't let them take over. We need to get together and talk, respectfully disagree, and figure out how we're going to fix this mess that they left us. If we stop talking about it, we'll forget it ever mattered. And then, shit. We'll just be they.
Fellow med students. If you are still resisting the robot transformation, get at me. Keep talking. I know you are out there. Maybe we could broadcast what you believe to the world. We need you on our side.
You know where to find me.
see you on the other side,
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