Intended for healthcare professionals


Improving the selection of medical students

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c708

Rx for medical students

Medical school is an intense, demanding process of education and preparation,
in which young people are transformed into physicians. Since this process
coincides with physical and emotional maturation into adulthood, medical
is a time of great change. The task for the medical student is to incorporate all
these changes into a unified, cohesive identity. The best way to accomplish this
is for the medical student to focus on being humble, by identifying with the
poor, sick, and disadvantaged. This will help to neutralize the inevitable hubris
that comes with being a physician.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 February 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA