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When a doctor finishes medical school, he or she then faces what is truly the most difficult part of their journey into becoming a physician: graduate medical education. The goal of internship, residency, and fellowship training programs — what is collectively called graduate medical education, or GME — is to take newly minted doctors, just out of medical school, and turn them into competent physicians, able to practice in their specialty independently. And if you’re asking, yes, there’s a difference.

When a doctor finishes medical school, he or she has been exposed to a lot of data, and has learned a few basic facts about how to be a physician. But the haven’t learned really how to work independently in a field of medicine. That takes the 3-10 extra years of training collectively known as GME to acquire that skill. It is a skill that encompasses a lot of “non-data” abilities, one of the most critical of which is the ability to make a decision independently without having to ask someone if it’s the right decision.

GME is hard. It is filled with long hours, late nights, and a whole lot of imposed stress. The faculty in these teaching programs are charged with taking young doctors and teaching them the art and science of actually taking care of patients. That occurs through years of supervised practice, with gradually increasing responsibility. Ideally, the last year of one’s GME should be spent working as a de facto attending, being supervised only nominally. In this way, the programs can assure that the graduates are able to hop from their training program into practice in a seamless transition.

It doesn’t happen that way so much anymore. More and more the candidates we interview for our practice that are coming out of training are woefully unprepared. While they may have passed lots of tests, and acquired lots of book knowledge, they lack these non-data skills to be a good physician.

American College of Physicians The International Medical Graduate's Guide to Us Medicine and Residency Training
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Disparities In Access To Palliative Care  — Health Affairs
Postgraduate training opportunities for all disciplines involved in providing palliative care, such as graduate medical education slots, should be increased.

Cambridge University Press Good Practice Student's Book: Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner (Cambridge Professional English)
Book (Cambridge University Press)

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