发信人: dojo (麦地里的豆角-MS0), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: Never too late to be a doctor (转载)
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Tue Jun 14 00:04:00 2011, 美东)
[...] nontraditional students [...] are increasingly attractive candidates
for medical schools. "Some of them have become the most desirable applicants
Medical schools are accepting nontraditional students because "emotional
intelligence is just as or more important than IQ".
Wanted: Fewer science nerds, more 'culturally competent' doctors
Nontraditional students are more likely to have real life experiences like
balancing their checkbook, taking care of sick people or dealing with death.
They might be better able to relate with patients, because they've already
worked outside the academic setting.
It meant, "I'm going to give up everything and become a physician," Moore
"I know I love this," Moore said. "I can't see myself doing anything else."
The appeal of older medical students is that they generally seem
accomplished, mature, grounded and disciplined.
Dr. Jessica Freedman, a medical admissions consultant, said there are two
aspects about midcareer medical students.
"From the admissions standpoint, you're concerned when you meet
nontraditional applicants, because they bring great experience, diversity
and a fresh outlook, but some are going to be set in their ways and
difficult to teach," she said.
There are also questions whether it's wise to give competitive medical
school spots to older students who may not be able to practice as many years
as the younger ones.
"I may only practice for 20 or maybe 30 years, but those are going to be
high-quality years," Moore said.
"I feel like I can contribute something very unique and special to health
care that other people can't. I can also be a great example. You don't have
to hang it up when you're 50.
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