Rethinking the Way We Rank Medical Schools

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 7:28am
Pauline W. Chen, MD

During my internship, the first year after graduating from medical school, I took care of a middle-aged woman who began our first conversation with a question that patients still ask me today.

“So doctor,” she said as I pulled my stethoscope out to listen to her heart, “where did you go to medical school?”

In a social context, I might have considered her question to be polite chatter, a filler during an awkward quiet moment. But on that particular afternoon her words felt more like a dart lobbed at what I had presumed to be a budding and promising patient-doctor relationship.

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