Prospective Med-Students Should Be Engaged Early to Avoid a Physician Shortage

To tackle the impending physician shortage, the next generation of doctors should be introduced to the field as early as possible, Pediatrician Ira Rubin and his son Zachary, now a pediatric resident, tell Medical Economics.

How Early Education and Physician Experience Can Help Produce Successful Doctors

Many medical students would have prefered information earlier in their careers in order to make better decisions, Zachary tells Medical Economics. That is why a program like Ira Rubin's Mini Medical School is essential to ensure success, he tells the publication. Moreover, students still in high school are more malleable and captivated and so can be steered in the right direction to become successful doctors, Zachary tells Medical Economics.

There is no statistic on how many students who enter college as pre-med actually go through medical school, but considering the overall acceptance rate is 50% it can be assumed that the number is small, he tells the publication. However, medical schools are changing their admissions practices and hopefully this will continue to produce bright, committed doctors with humanistic practices, Zachary tells Medical Economics.

Making a good living shouldn’t be the primary reason for going into medicine, Ira tells the publication. Rather, it should be for the love of the field, the desire to help people and to do good, he tells Medical Economics. “Money is business, money is not medicine,” but there are still some students who want “an MBA and an MD,” which is necessary to the field, but not core, Ira tells the publication.

While shadowing is very popular among medical schools, Ira believes that this might not be the best way to see healthcare as a field, he tells Medical Economics. This is because depending on who a student shadows, whether it be a surgeon, OBGYN or radiologist, the experience will be very different, Ira tells the publication. The experience that all these physicians share is medical school, so if a student shadows a doctor, they should discuss the physician's experiences and how those shaped them into who they are today, he tells Medical Economics. Students see the end product, not the process, and doctors telling that story can really speak volumes, Ira tells the publication.

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