Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Informed Consent: The U.S. Medical Education System Explained

Informed Consent: The U.S. Medical Education System ExplainedAuthor: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

I saw an article talking about this book, Informed Consent: The U.S. Medical Education System Explained, over on FreelanceMD and it looks like something that should interest many of our readers--especially our readers still considering that jump into medical school.

The author is Dr. Benjamin Brown. This is his first book and, while the synopsis of this book sounds very interesting, what impressed me even more is that he's currently a plastic surgery resident. I didn't think they had much time to sleep, let alone write what appears to be a very informative look at medical education.

He also has a very thorough and interesting analysis of the costs incurred in medical education and the effect these have on life-long salary and how they compare to other professions. You can find that here. I haven't done the financial calculations on his math to see if it adds up, but just reading through it shows he's put a great deal of thought into the subject--one that very few outside of medicine seem to understand.

You can find his book on Amazon here.

About the author:

Dr. Riley Alexander is a pathology resident at Indiana University School of Medicine, blog "addict" and avid follower of technology. His primary interests revolve around how technology, especially mobile, will create increased efficiency, enhanced physician education and better delivery of care in the medical field. Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine with a combined MD/MBA, in partnership with IU's Kelley School of Business. Due to this, he is also very interested in management, healthcare policy and non-clinical aspects of the medical field and enjoys exploring non-clinical opportunities for medical students, residents and physicians. He completed his undergraduate education at IU-Bloomington.

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