Successful Healthcare Provider

Qualities of a Successful Healthcare Provider

The other day I was asked what I thought it took to be a successful healthcare provider. The question was not directed specifically from the point of view of a physician, or any specific branch of medicine, but all providers in every field. It was about discovering what it takes to practice good medicine that not only treats the patient, but leaves them feeling satisfied. Three important qualities come to mind, independent of  position or the type of […]

Atul Gawande Being Mortal

Dr. Atul Gawande on Medicine and Being Mortal

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  by Atul Gawande I first heard about Dr. Atul Gawande while watching a collection of TEDTalks focused on improving the future of healthcare. While many of the other speakers had interesting views on the direction of medicine, Gawande was one of the few interested in tackling the simple aspects often overlooked. In particular was his introduction of a checklist for all surgical procedures, which has become famous since his […]

Premed Success: The Key Mindset for Getting into Medical School

When I was a student at the University of North Carolina I attended a seminar for pre-medical undergraduates. It was hosted by one of the Organic Chemistry professors, who also doubled as the leading academic advisor for premeds. The idea of the lecture was teaching students how to excel in their more difficult courses and create a well rounded application for medical school. But it was also to prepare the students for failure. “There are over […]