Nurturing Competence and Compassion in Future Physicians

The stories at the low-income clinic that day were even more gut-wrenching, the usual shocking pathology was perhaps more obscure. Yet, the premedical school student who was translating for the non–Spanish-speaking clinicians seemed unmoved and disinterested. Although he did his job efficiently, he had no questions for the attending physician....

Family Medicine–Specific Practice-Based Research Network Productivity and Clinical and Translational Sciences Award Program Affiliation

Objective: Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are groups of practices that work together to conduct research. Little is known about the degree to which PBRNs may be achieving success. This is the first general survey of family medicine–based PBRN directors in the United States and Canada to examine research productivity outcomes of PBRNs...

Commentary on “Nurturing Competence and Compassion in Future Physicians”

The article by Sherling and Hennekens in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal powerfully emphasizes the importance of assessing noncognitive factors in the selection for medicine.1 No question – patients demand and deserve compassionate humane care. My experience suggests that medical school personnel involved in selection (faculty, staff,...

Navigating Clinical Ethics: Using Real Case Constellations to Guide Learners and Teachers in Medicine

Case-based learning is a staple of clinical ethics education in medicine. The sources for medical educators generally are lengthy case books or single, often rare, case analyses in the literature. Busy clinicians may not have the time or inclination to sift through case books to find suitable teaching material, and the latter present unusual cases...

On “Does Timing of Internal Medicine Residency Interview Affect Likelihood of Matching?”

To the Editor: Heidemann and colleagues analyzed the timing of internal medicine interviews and concluded that the interview date had no major influence on matching at their program.1 We believe that a more circumspect interpretation of the results is...